A federal high court in Abuja has issued a garnishee order on Kano state government accounts in order to force the payment of N30 billion compensation to traders whose properties were demolished at Masallacin Idi and other locations.
Daily News 24 reports that the Kano state government had been dragged to court by owners of the demolished properties.
In September 2023, the federal high court ordered the state government to pay the N30 billion compensation within seven days.
Justice Samuel Amobeda, the presiding judge, had conditionally ruled that the sum of N30 billion be deposited in the Court Bank Account within seven days, pending the outcome of the appeal process.
But the Abba Kabir Yusuf led government appealed the judgement. Demolition: Court gives Kano gov’t 7-day ultimatum to deposit N30bn compensation
However, a fresh garnishee order was issued by Justice I.E Ekwo on the 28 November, 2023.
The order with suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/1382/2023, directed ad follows:
An order of the Honourable Court for Garnishee order Nisi is hereby made attaching the funds present and future of Kano state government, Kano state urban planning and development authority (KNUPDA), Attorney-General of Kano state (including but limted to Kano state FAAC Account and Account number 1790249410 Polaris Bank and other accounts in the custody of the respective garnishees to the tune of N30 billion in satisfaction of the judgement of the federal high court sitting in Kano per SA Amobeda J, dated 29 September 2023 herein being enforced in favor of the judgement creditors.
“An order is hereby made granting the sum of N2,000,000 only being the cost of this garnishee proceedings.
“The garnishees herein are hereby ordered to appear to appear before this court to show course (if any) why the order nisi should not be made absolute against them.
“Judgment creditors to serve the defendents and the garnishees at least 14 days before the date of next sitting.
Justice I.E Ekwo then adjourned the case to 18 January, 2024 for garnishees to show cause.