Demolition: FHC ask Kano state govt to pay traders 30b compensation

By Khadijah Abdulrazak

The Kano State Government has overturned a Federal High Court judgment that ordered it to pay N30 billion as compensation to some traders for the demolition of their shops.

Kano based traders association has dragged Kano state government to Federal High court, for alleged illegal demolition of their shops and asked the court to compel the state government to pay them compensation.

While delivering judgment in Kano, the presiding judge, Justice Simon Anogede  said what the government did was barbaric and unconstitutional.

However the court awarded N30 Billion as compensation to the traders, instead of the N250 billion they demanded earlier from the government.

In its reaction, the Kano State government says it has appealed the judgment, which it described as miscarriage of justice.

Barrister Haruna Isa Dederi, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, explained that the court was not right in awarding judgment to the traders Association because the Land Use Act is clear on the position of lands in every state.

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