Former Justice Minister, Aondoakaa loses bid to claim N50m Abuja property

by Premium Times
(11/8/15)

A former Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Michael Aondoakaa, on Monday lost the bid to claim a N50 million property at the Abuja Prince and Princess Estate.

Mr. Aondoakaa, and his brother, Ordoo Aondoakaa, were locked in a legal tussle with an Abuja-based business man, Friday Audu, over the ownership of a two-bedroom house in the estate.
Claiming to be the owners of the property, the Aondoakaas allegedly sold it to another business man, Gambo Musa.
However, when Mr. Musa attempted to take possession of the property from Mr. Audu, who is also laying claims to it, he met a brick wall.
He (Musa) thereafter approached an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court for intervention.
Mr. Musa had prayed the court to issue an order for Mr. Audu to vacate the property, which he allegedly brought from the Aondoakaas.
He also asked the court to order the defendant to pay him several thousands of naira as rent from the period he allegedly bought the house.
But while delivering ruling in an objection to the suit raised by Mr. Audu, Magistrate Hadiza Dodo held that the case was grossly incompetent and constituted an abuse of court process.
Mrs. Dodo also held that since the plaintiff (Musa) was already joined in a pending suit filed by the Aondoakaas at the Abuja Federal High Court, it was wrong for him to have rushed to the lower court to institute an action.
“It is a fact that the ownership of the property in dispute is an issue before an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice A.O Musa,” the magistrate said.
“It is also a fact that the plaintiff in this instant is a defendant in the High Court and has even joined issues with the plaintiff in the High Court”.
“With these facts well established and the affidavit in support of the preliminary objection not challenged by the plaintiff, I find it difficult to grant the request of the plaintiff.
“I also find it difficult to proceed with this suit as it constitutes an abuse of court that must not be encouraged.”

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