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Published On: Thu, Jul 9th, 2020

Property seizure: Ex-Army General demands N8.1bn compensation from Lagos govt

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A former General in the Nigerian Army, Alhaji Abdul-Rauf Tijjani, on Tuesday, sued the Lagos Government and seven others at the Federal High Court, Abuja, over alleged injustice meted out to him by officials of the state government.
Tijjani, who filed the suit with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/690/2020 before Justice Inyang Ekwo, challenged the alleged sabotage of the execution of a court judgment which returned his landed property in Lagos to him
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that respondents in the suit are the National Judicial Council (NJC); Federal High Court; Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); Justice A.O. Faji; Kasheem Adeniji, SAN; Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Lagos Government and the Governor of Lagos.
In the fundamental human rights suit instituted in Abuja, the plaintiff asked Justice Ekwo to order Lagos Government and the governor to pay him a cumulative compensation of N8 billion as damages for alleged injustice suffered in the hands of Lagos officials.
He also asked the judge to compel the NJC to pay another sum of N1 million for alleged misconduct of a Federal High Court judge, Justice A. O. Faji during the hearing of his matter.
In addition, the plaintiff also asked the court for an order for the trail of Justice Faji for allegedly perverting the course of justice in his case.
Besides, Tijjani prayed the court to compel the Chief Justice of Nigeria to remove the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on Mr Kasheem Adeniji and further de-bar him for alleged act of misconduct.
In a 19-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit, the plaintiff averred that a former Attorney General of Lagos State, Abdulraheem Ade Ipaye, now Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, allegedly converted his landed property in Shasha-Akonwonjo Area in Alimosho Local Government of Lagos to his personal gain.
He said as a result , he approached a court and got judgment in his favour on Jan. 31, 2014.
He, however, said that the judgment could not be executed because of the alleged sabotage on the part of Lagos government officials.
The plaintiff claimed that his case got worse when his personal lawyer, Adeniji, was appointed Attorney General of Lagos and subsequently became an interested party in the matter.
Tijjani further averred that following the appointment of Adeniji, he disengaged with his law firm and turned against him by frustrating his case.
When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday, Justice Ekwo ordered that the processes in the matter be served on all the respondents and fixed July 13 for hearing. (NAN)

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