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Sani Abacha’s heirs file lawsuit over ownership of Durbar Hotel

The heirs of the late former military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court against the state government regarding the illegal demolition of a property.

A High Court in Kaduna State has received April 4, 2022, for proof of case in the suit brought before it by Durbar Hotel Plc. against the Kaduna State Government due to the alleged plans by the State government to take over the property despite pending appeal which the state government filed challenging the verdicts of lower courts.

The hotel is located along Muhammadu Buhari Way road on the parcel of land measuring about 5.378 hectares and covered by Kaduna State Certificate of Occupancy No 17789, Kaduna North Local Government Area.

Three Nigerian senior advocates and seven other senior lawyers were employed by the family to secure the Durbar Hotel. The heirs demand a declaration of their status as a titleholder and that “the demolition of the plaintiff’s property situates and lying at General Certificate of Occupancy of 7th May 1990 by the Kaduna State Government is unconstitutional, illegal, null, and void.”

The Abacha family is also requesting an order of injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, servants, privies, and whosoever from transferring, assigning, or selling in any way part of the property from the court.

So far, Justice Hannatu Balogun, as the presiding judge of the case, adjourned the further hearing on the proof of the case by the family’s counsels to April 4, 2022.

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