Demolition: Court freezes Kano accounts over N30bn judgment
The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted a garnishee order nisi, against accounts belonging to the Kano State Government in 20 commercial banks in Nigeria.
Justice I.E. Ekwo granted the order in a suit filed by Incorporated Trustees of Masalachi Eid shop owners and Traders Association over demolition of their shops which they described as an illegal action carried out by the state in June 2023.
The applicants, Alhaji Awalu Sai’du, Ifeanyi Nwobodo, Alhaji Sani Uba, Alhaji Abdullahi A. Idris, and 25 others sued the Kano State Government, demanding N30bn as damages for the demolition of their property.
Our correspondent sighted on Wednesday the Certified True Copy of a November 28, 2023 garnishee order, freezing the accounts of the Kano State Government over the matter.
The order froze “all funds (present and future) of the Kano State government, Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority, and the Attorney General of Kano State (including but limited to Kano State FAAC Account and Account number 1019716320 at UBA and account number 1790249410 Polaris Bank) and other accounts in the custody of the respective garnishees to the tune of N30,000,000,000., in satisfaction of the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano per S.A. Amobeda, J. dated the 29th September 2023 herein being enforced in favor of the judgment creditors.”
Also, the court ordered garnishees to appear and show cause (if any) why the order nisi (temporary) should not be made absolute against them