NIA demolishes Abuja estate in spite of court order

The Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) has ignored a court order restraining it from forcibly possessing an Abuja disputed property until the final determination of the case.

The agents of NIA yesterday moved bulldozers into the property located on Plot No 3, Karsana District, Gwarinpa in Abuja completely destroying the estate housing over one hundred buildings.

The demolition incidentally was going simultaneously when the matter came up before Hon. Justice Danlami Senchi of Court 25 of the High Court.

Though the matter was further adjourned till April 22, 2013, the interim injunction earlier granted by Justice H. B. Yusuf on this same matter is still subsisting.

Counsel to the property developers, Mr. Ehi Uwaifoh told journalists at the court premises that NIA action was an affront to the judiciary.

He said: “In defiance of the order of court and fact of the pendency of the matter before a court of competent jurisdiction, the Director General of NIA sent operatives to break into the site on a demolition spree, there was no court order or even permit by the FCDA. It is a show of brute force, shooting sporadically, arresting construction workers in the site.”

In October 2012, an Abuja High Court Judge, Justice H. B. Yusuf issued an interim order stopping the NIA, a regional manager of the United Bank for Africa, Alhaji Sanni Usman and two others from entering or carrying out any activity on a disputed property located on Plot No 3, Karsana District, Gwarinpa in Abuja.

The judge, who gave the exparte order after listening to arguments canvassed by counsel to an estate developer, Jenew Nigeria Limited, also warned against taking any step whatsoever on the property pending the determination of an interlocutory application before him.

Others restrained by the order of the court from taking any step in respect of the property are Dankwari Brothers Enterprises Limited and Mr. Charles Nwakama.

The court order was served on all the parties involved

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