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Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

Woman sues DSS over training school land in Bauchi

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sss nigeriaFrom Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

A married woman, Hajiya Fatimah Ali, has dragged the Department of Security Service (DSS) before Bauchi state High Court number 10, over fencing of a plot of land allocated to DSS training school, due to the inability of the authorities to pay compensation to the owners of land in front of the school.

The defendants in the suit include Director of the School, Alh. Ja’afar Abdulrahman Yamida and Sani Abdullahi Mohammed.

The counsel to the complainant, Barrister Idris Jibo told the court yesterday that, initially the land was sold to different individuals since over four years, when the training School indicated interest to acquire the land, the owners agreed with the agreement that adequate compensation will be paid to them.

Jibo said to their surprise, the institution had started developing the plot of land without giving his client a single kobo and they have no option but to seek for legal action in order to compel the authorities to pay them their money before doing whatever they want to do with the land.

He asked the court to restrain them from developing the land and to declare that the action of the defendants amount to tress pass, and to declare that the plaintiff is the legitimate owner of the land in dispute, and also to declare that the plaintiff’s title to the land in dispute is unfettered and cannot be faulted.

The presiding Judge, Justice Abdulkadir Suleiman granted all the prayers and adjourned the suit to September17 for hearing of the motion on notice.

When newsmen contacted the DSS state command, a reliable source at the DSS told newsmen that, it was the Bauchi State Government that purchased the land for the School and the government is responsible for the payment of the compensation and already, Governor Isa Yuguda had agreed to pay them over 30.9mn compensation of which the approval was secured since October 2013, even as they are making effort to see that they collect their money for compensation.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Mahmud Maijama’a has advised the owners to be patient and assured them that Government will start paying them by the end of this month.


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