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Monday 26th October 2020,
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Stay Away From Hunkuyi’s House, Court Tells Kaduna Govt

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The State High Court sitting in Kaduna has ordered that Notice of Consequence of Disobedience of Court Order (FORM 48) be served on Kaduna State government (Office of the Secretary to the State Government), Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) and Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) for court contempt.



This followed a reminder notice by KADIRS on 28th May, 2018 seeking payment of N31 million as ground rent from Senator representing Kaduna North senatorial district, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi’s House despite the court order restricting the Kaduna State government and its agents from taking any action on the house pending the determination of the case.

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The state High Court on yesterday gave an order restraining the defendants (Kaduna State government and its agents) from taking any steps or acting on a purported bill issued against the Plaintiff’s property located at 18A, Inuwa Wada Road, Ungwuan Rimi, Kaduna, pending the determination of hearing and determination of motion on Notice.



Despite this court order, the governor Nasir el-Rufai-led state government through KADIRS went ahead to issue another notice in respect of the building with the view to demolish the house. Similarly, counsel to Senator Hunkuyi, Prof Dankofa Yusuf, has filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division over the ruling of the State High Court on June 5, in respect of the N10bn being requested by Hunkuyi as compensation and damages of his house at No 11B Sambo Road Kaduna.



The lawyer said the ruling of Justice Mohammed Lawal on June 5, 2018 that the Appellant’s requests and prayers is an abuse of court process is perverse and wrongful. The lawyer maintained that the lower court misdirected itself by not understating the fact that an enforcement of right covers issues relating to landed property especially where a party (the Respondents) adopt arbitrary actions which will attract sanction. The appeal was filed on June 6 at the Appeal Court.

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