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Court fixes hearing on Saraki’s disputed land for Jan. 15

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A Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin and presided over by Justice Abiodun Adebara, has fixed January 15 for the hearing of the motion on notice filed by Asa Investments Limited, challenging the revocation of a property of the late Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr Olusola Saraki.

Recall that the Kwara State Government on December 27 revoked Plots 1, 3 and 5 near Civil Service Clinic, Ilofa Street, Ilorin land, occupied by Asa Investment Limited owned by the late Saraki.

Before the revocation, the land had a building called Ile Arugbo (old people’s home). Old people visited the home occasionally to receive gifts and support from the Saraki family.

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kwara State House of Assembly, Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Director General, Kwara Bureau of Lands and the Inspector-General of Police are the defendants in the suit.

The court also, upon the receipt of an ex parte motion and the supporting affidavit dated and filed on January 2, and after listening to the claimant’s (Asa Investments Limited) counsel, Mr A.A. Ibrahim, restrained the defendants and anyone acting on their behalf from further demolishing or destroying the property.

“Upon a motion ex parte and the supporting affidavit dated and filed on the 2nd day of January, 2020; after listening to Mr A.A. Ibrahim, counsel for the claimant/applicant and after a careful perusal of 25-paragraph affidavit and the attached exhibits in support of the motion ex parte, it is hereby ordered that:

“The defendants, either by themselves, their officers, servants, agents, privies, or successor in title or any person howsoever claiming in trust for the defendants, are hereby restrained from further demolishing or further destroying the alleged property of the claimant/applicant known and described as Plots 1,3 and 5 with TPS/MISC.129A and Survey Plan No.KWSH927 and Land/G1071 situate, lying and being beside Civil Service Clinic, along Ilofa Road, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State, on which the claimant has a building, popularly known as Ile Arugbo( old people’s home), the subject matter of the substantive suit, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

“The defendants, either by themselves, their officers, servants, agents, privies, successor in title or any person howsoever claiming in trust for them, are hereby restrained from entering with the intention to construct, build, erect, or commencing any building/structures on Plot 1,3 and 5 with TPS/ MISC.129A and Survey Plan No.KWSH927 and Land/ G1071 situate, lying and being beside Civil Service Clinic, along Ilofa Road, G.R.A, Ilorin, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

“The motion on notice is hereby scheduled for hearing against Wednesday 15-01-2020. Application granted in part as per the above orders; given at Ilorin under the seal of the court and the hand of the presiding judge this 6th day of January, 2020,” the court order read.

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