Leadership (Abuja)

11 August 2012

Nigeria: Stay Action On Mpape, Agbakoba, Ahamba, Others Warn FCT Minister

Photo: Anthony Omuya/Daily Nation
Demolition

Some of the nation's leading lights in the legal profession have warned the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Bala Mohammed, against his alleged determination to go ahead with demolition of Mpape community in Abuja despite a subsisting court suit, saying such would amount to a recourse to self-help.

The lawyers, Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) and Mallam Alasa Ismaila who spoke in separate interviews with LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, stressed that the minister's stance was an affront to the rule of law and act of self-help that might trigger a huge public disorder.

They argued that although the court failed to make consequential order as sought by the plaintiffs, public policy made it mandatory for the minister to stay action on the proposed demolition exercise pending the determination of the suit by the trial court.

They added that since the minister is aware of the suit in the first instance, the law made it compulsory for him not to do anything to the subject matter so that people would not also resort to self-help in a matter pending before the court.

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