Kano govt, Abba Kabir disagree over alleged attempt to sell Shari’a court premises
The Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP in Kano, Abba Kabir has filed a suit challenging the state government over alleged moves to dispose of some selected Shari’a court lands.
The suit filed by Sanusi Umar Sadiq and two other Counsels to Abba Kabir, sought the court to perpetually restrain the Kano State Government from tempering, confiscating, developing or building on six lands belonging to Shari’a Courts.
However, the State Attorney General, Musa Abdullahi Lawan, said there was no court land on the verge of being sold as alleged by the Plaintiff.
He said, “what’s happened was that because of the dilapidated nature of some of the Courts mentioned, specifically, the YanAsaki Shari’a Court, where it is always flooded when it rains, the government allocated Shahuci to accommodate Kasuwar Kurmi Shari’a Court.
According to the Originating Summons, the affected courts include, Upper Shari’a Court Gidan Maitasine, Yan Awaki, Upper Shari’a Court Yan Alluna, Upper Shari’a Court Shahuci, and Upper Shari’a Court Goron Dutse,
Others are Upper Shari’a Court Kasuwar Kurmi, and Upper Shari’a Court Filin Hockey.
The plaintiff alleged that the action of the defendants denied access to Justice for Kano citizens.
Other Plaintiffs, in the case, include Usman Imam and Bello Basi.
The Attorney General, Lawan hinted that the new complex, under construction is billed to accommodate six courts, “so where is the Court that we sold”, he enquired.
“Another thing that necessitated our moves to build new courts and possibly vacate YanAwaki, Yan Alluna and Kurmi Market Court is because of poor security at the place and there would not be smooth carriage of justice with a judge having uncomfortable sittings”, he explained.
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