Major Al-Mustapha files suit to reclaim landed property‬

Hamzat Al-Muatapha

Major Hamzat Al-Muatapha

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Major Hamzat Al-Muatapha
Major Hamzat Al-Muatapha

Major Hamzat Al-Muatapha, the Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the late military dictator, General Sanni Abacha, has filed a suit against the Federal Ministry of housing and Urban Development before a Federal High Court in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, seeking to recover his landed property located at Block 2, Plot 9, Phase 11, Osborne road, Ikoyi, Lagos.‬

Joined as defendant in the property recovery suit is one Ladi Ogunleye.‬

Al-Mustapha in the suit number FHC/L/CS/1810, is seeking an order of the court relocating the said landed back to him, and an order restoring him as the rightful owner of the land.‬

Th former security adviser is also seeking an order of the court awarding him the sum of N1 million as cost of instituting the legal action.

The former CSO in his amended statement of claim filed before the court by Barrister Abdulfatai Alao-Thomas of Wolver Partners, averred that the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development via a letter dated March 26, 1997, conveyed the acceptance and granting his application and subsequent allocation of the said landed property to him and he duly paid all the land charges as assessed by the Ministry.‬

However, he did not at any time receive notice from the Ministry that the landed property allotted to him has been revoked, and that there was never a time the allocation was revoked by the Federal Government or any of his agencies for any overriding public purpose or interest.‬

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Al-Mustapha further stated that he was surprised when sometimes ago he was informed of some acts of trespass on the land, and upon inquiry, he was informed that the land has been re-allotted to another person by the first defendant, the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and despite repeated demands, the defendant has refused to restore his interest on the said land without justifiable reason.‬

Consequently, he claimed that by the action of the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, he has suffered untold hardship and wrong, and thus entitle to judgement.‬

‪In an amended witness statement on oath deposed to by Major Al-Mustapha’s brother, Alhaji Usman Aliyu, he stated that his brother, Major Al-Mustapha was the original allottee of the said landed property and that the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development had vide a letter dated 26 March 1997, conveyed the acceptance and granted Major Al-Mustapha’s application and subsequent allocation of the said land to him.‬

‪Alhaji Aliyu also stated that there was never a time the allocation to Major Al-Mustapha was revoked or the plot acquired by the Federal Government or any of its agencies for any overridden public purpose or interest. And that he was surprised when he was informed of some acts of trespass on the said land, and upon inquiry, he was informed that the land has been re-allotted to another person by the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and that despite repeated demands, the Ministry has refused to restore to his brother the plot allotted to him without any justifiable reason.‬

‪The defendants have not filed any response to the suit. Meanwhile, the presiding judge Saliu Saidu has adjourned the suit for mention.

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