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Patience, Turai battle in court over land

16 April 2013, 12:25

Abuja - A Nigerian court on Monday adjourned the hearing over a disputed piece of land in Abuja between Nigerian First Lady Patience Jonathan and Turai Yar’Adua, wife of the late President Umaru Yar’Aduato April 23.

The court ordered the disputing parties to try and find an amicable solution to the tussle for the prime piece of land that was initially allocated to Mrs Yar’Adua when she was still first lady.

Yar’Adua acquired the land for the Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation (WAYEF) in the central business district of Abuja.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Bala Mohammed, however reallocated the same piece of land to Jonathan in 2011 for her African First Lady Peace Mission headquarters.

Yar’Adua took the matter to court and got an order restraining Jonathan from affecting WAYEF title and interest over the land.

WAYEF also demanded $20 million in damages from Mrs Jonathan.

In an attempt to help broker a negotiated settlement, the Federal Capital Authority has offered WAYEF another piece of land. The authority has also offered the African First Lady Mission a new plot somewhere else.



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