Abuja Masterplan: Court Fixes July 15 For Suit Against Firm
by Leadership Newspaper
Justice Abubakar Kutigi of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Apo yesterday fixed July 15, for the hearing of the suit filed by aggrieved residents of Asokoro in Abuja challenging Streak Nigeria Limited over its alleged moves to convert Asokoro from a low to high density populated area.
The court fixed the date to hear arguments on the notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter which was filed by Setraco.
Should the court assume jurisdiction, then the matter would go into a full trial but if the court upholds the preliminary objection filed by the defendants, then that might be the end of the matter.
The plaintiff counsels led by P.O. Jimoh-Lasisi (SAN), informed the court that despite the fact that the case has been filed in court, the defendants have continued to further develop the land.
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.
The defendants are also challenging the competence of the court to entertain the matter, saying the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.
After listening to both parties, the court advised the parties to respect the court process since the case has been submitted to court in order not to destroy the subject matter of the case.
The plaintiffs are Royal Niger Properties Limited, Aerobell Nigeria Limited, A.V.M Adekoya, and Alhaji Hussaini Abdulrahman. The rest are Emeka Mba, Adamu Hamidu, Israel Ekpenyong and Ruth Daniel. They are suing for themselves as owners and residents of Asokoro District within a neighbourhood radius of 100 Meters of Plot Nos. 3908 (now 2204) and 4079 Asokoro District, Abuja.
Those joined as defendants are Sunrise Estate Development Limited and Setraco Nigeria Limited, FCT Minister, the Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.