COURT SET TO HEAR LAND SUIT AGAINST SETRACO
by DAILY TRUST
The FCT High Court, Apo in Abuja will today hear a suit challenging Setraco Nigeria Limited over its alleged moves to convert a N20 billion Asokoro land from a low to high density populated area.
The plaintiffs are praying for an order of court to demolish all the structures put up by Sunrise Estate Development Limited and Setraco in areas designated green area in contravention of the law at Asokoro district, FCT and the Abuja master plan.
They are also seeking for a mandatory order to compel the defendants to restore the entire 25 hectares of land in Asokoro to its original green areas.
The plaintiffs in their statement of claim said that the activities of the defendants who were erecting eight floors and other buildings firmly within the 100 meters buffer zone of 132 KVA high voltage power line provided by the Abuja master plan and in various AGIS map was wicked and in complete disregard of public health considerations especially the health of future residents of the buildings as children exposed to high voltage are at risk of leukemia.
They stated that the defendants’ buildings are erected on the hill that is over and above the height of the plaintiffs’ building.
The occupants of the
defendants buildings, according to the plaintiffs, will be seeing anything being done in the plaintiffs’ buildings without let or hinderance thus infringing on the plaintiffs’ right to privacy.
The defendants are Sunrise, Setraco, the FCT minister, the FCDA, Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency and director of the Department of Development Control.
The plaintiffs are Royal Niger Properties Limited, Aerobell Nigeria Limited, A.V.M Adekoya, and Alhaji Hussaini Abdulrahman, Emeka Mba, Adamu Hamidu, Israel Ekpenyong and Ruth Daniel.
They are suing for themselves as owners and residents of Asokoro District within a neighborhood radius of 100 Meters of Plot Nos. 3908 (now 2204) and 4079 Asokoro District, Abuja.
The defendants, according to the plaintiffs, violated the law by not applying to the appropriate agencies for the Environmental Impact Assessment as to the effect of the project on the environment.
The plaintiffs in their statement of claim are seeking for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, privies, servants, workers and anyone claiming through them from trespassing and further developing the green area in Asokoro.
In their statement of defence, the defendants said that FCT minister allocated the land to them, adding that the plaintiffs did not seek and obtain consent of all the residents before filing the case.