Gidan Daji Land Grab: Court strikes out Case

Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Kaduna has struck out a case of land
grabbing against the Special Adviser to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai on Political Matters, Uba Sani brought before it by members of Gidan Daji Community, Chikun Local Government in Kaduna for want of jurisdiction.
Uba Sani’s aide had accused Senator Shehu Sani of being the brain behind the case file by the Dajo Community and threatened to sue the Senator at another court just as the Community also promised to take the case before a Court of higher jurisdiction to get justice.
Ruling on the notice of preliminary objection on whether the Court has the jurisdiction to hear the case or not, the Chief Magistrate Awalu Aliyu said the Court cannot hear the land grabbing case and therefore struck out the case on grounds of want of jurisdiction.
Reading on the ruling, the Magistrate also pointed out that the complainants were not properly represented even if the case was to be heard, more so, that the Court cannot hear land title cases.
Speaking to Journalists after the ruling, Counsel to members of the Gidan Daji Community, Barrister Henry Obimba said as Lawyers, they are trained to accept any Court judgment. However, he said they would proceed to file another case at a higher Court.
According to Obimba, they are going to a higher Court because there is the need to fight and get justice for the downtrodden.
Meanwhile, Uba Sani’s Counsel, Abdulrauf Atiku commended the Court for the ruling, adding that they had earlier raised and argued on a preliminary objection during the hearing that the case should be struck out for lack of merit and want of jurisdiction, which the court did.
But Atiku however said, they are going to sue the complainants and alleged sponsors of the case.
Though Barrister Atiku did not mention names, an aide to Uba Sani, Tonga Abdulrahaman said all complainants and alleged sponsors would be sued.
“We have tried to settle the case before it got to this point, but it did not work. We have discovered that Senator Shehu Sani is one of the sponsors of Gidan Daji Community case and we’re ready to sue him”, he said.
The Gidan Daji Community had dragged Uba Sani to Court over a land alleged to have been forcefully taken over by the adviser.
In the suit number: Kad/206dc/15 filed at Chief Magistrate Court, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna recently, the Community in a 15-count charge brought before Chief Margistrate Awalu Musa Aliyu by Malame Legal Consult on behalf of Gidan Daji community against the defendant, members of the community accused Sani of deploying seven trucks of armed Policemen and some government officials to invade the community, a suburb of Kaduna


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