Kano State Government Appeals N30 Billion Compensation Judgment for Shop Demolition

The Kano State Government has lodged an appeal against a Federal High Court ruling that mandated it to pay N30 billion in compensation to a group of traders for the demolition of their shops.

The judgment was issued by Justice Simon Anogede of the Federal High Court in Kano. In his ruling, he declared the government’s actions as barbaric and unconstitutional in response to a lawsuit filed by the Traders Association. The court, however, decided on a compensation amount of N30 billion, significantly less than the N250 billion sought by the traders. Justice Anogede ordered the immediate payment of the awarded amount.

Nevertheless, the Kano State government has taken steps to appeal the judgment, asserting that it constitutes a miscarriage of justice. Barrister Haruna Isa Dederi, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, argued that the court’s decision was flawed because it contravened the Land Use Act, which clearly defines the state’s authority over land matters. He maintained that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case since, according to the Land Use Act, the government is the sole owner of land.

Source: Daily Post

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