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Miners face jail for defying court orders

14 May 2013, 10:04Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - Two Chinese miners face jail terms for defying a court order to stop operations in Nigeria.

It has been established that Chen Chour and one only identified as a "Mr Jack", the respective Managing Director and Assistant Manager of a firm called Tongyi Allied Mining Limited, will appear at the Bauchi State Court on May 21 for allegedly disobeying a court order stopping them from invading a community’s farmlands in Juga village, Toro Local Government area.

Representatives of the community, Ladan Sabo Juga, Malam Mamman Sale and Sa’idu Abdu Toro, through their counsel, Barrister Hassan el Yaqub, filed a motion on behalf of themselves and Juga community, asking the court to restrain the men and their company from using their farmlands without paying them compensation.

The Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Zango, granted the order and restrained the Chinese firm from using the farmland.

He also directed them to close their businesses in the area, pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The judge then adjourned the suit to May 21.

- CAJ News


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