Suleja Shop Owners Sue Local Govt, Chairman Over Illegal Demolition

Hon. Shuaibu Abdullahi Maje

Shop owners at the Old Minna Garage Suleja in Niger State have sued the Executive Chairman of Suleja local Government, Hon. Shuaibu Abdullahi Maje and Suleja Local Government Authority over the alleged illegal demolition of their shops.

According Daily Trust Newspaper, The shop owners through their lawyer, Frank Tietie, challenged the illegal demolition in the Niger State High Court, Suleja Division.

The Human rights Activist and Lawyer filed fundamental rights application on November 11.
The shop owners and occupants of Old Minna Garage, Suleja, Niger State, who were represented by Hezekiah Bola Joshua, Onuora Ezekwesili, Paulinus Ojobe, Iyabode Joseph, Gerald Ego and Ejike Onyekwere, asked the court to issue an injunction restraining Suleja Local Government, officials and the Chairman from further demolition of any shop without proper acquisition procedure.

In an affidavit attached to the origination motion, a representative of the shop owners, Bola Joshua stated that they were allotted the shops at sums ranging from N600, 000 to N1m with approvals, which were subject to renewal every three years with recent expiration by August 2018.

He further averred that the occupants renovated, decked the shops in line with the modern plan required and provided security measures, safety gadgets against fire accidents, toilets, bathrooms, access roads, parking space, electricity and warehouses all with the consent of the respondents.

Joshua said that the demolition exercise, which was carried out without legal procedure hazardously left their equipment which includes heavy duty printing machines, cutting machines, laminating machines, cord machines and various G.T.O machines and Mortlate machine equipment, motors and spare parts of various aspect in the open spac
No date has been fixed for hearing.

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