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Patience, Turai to know fate over land dispute soon

24 April 2013, 09:48

Abuja- Judgement in the land dispute case pitting a former first lady and the incumbent will be passed in a Nigerian court in Abuja on May 2.

Lady Patience Jonathan and former First Lady Hajia Turai Yar' Adua who are fighting for a piece of prime land in Abuja have failed to reach an amicable settlement prompting Justice Peter Affen to set a date for judgment.

The court had postponed judgment on the matter to allow the parties to reach a negotiated settlement.

The disputed land was initially allocated to the Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation, WAYEF, when Mrs.

Yar'adua was First Lady, but the FCT Minister, Mr. Bala Mohammed, revoked the allocation for what he described as "overriding public interest".

He reallocated it to Mrs. Jonathan for construction of the African First Lady Peace Mission Headquarters on 2nd of November, 2011.

Mrs. Yar'Adua complained and obtained a court order restraining the First Lady from ousting WAYEF from the property.

Turai has asked the court to grant her organisation N1.5 billion as general damages, N100 Million as exemplary damages, N100 Million as aggravated damages in addition to N261 Million already paid for a Certificate of Occupancy as well as N454 Million paid for building designs.

WAYEF’s lawyer, Mr. Adamu Ahmed Ibrahim, observed that while it appears that the Ministry of Justice may be interested and committed to a settlement, its terms were unacceptable.

According to the lawyer, alternative land offered to his client was much smaller than the disputed property.

- CAJ News


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