In response to a Federal High Court decision mandating the payment of a N30 billion compensation to the Incorporated Trustees of Massallacin Eid Shop owners for the improper demolition of their shops, the Kano State Government has issued a statement,Daily Trust reports.
The court ruling, delivered by Justice Samuel Amobeda, deemed the government’s actions against the shop owners as “barbaric and unconstitutional.”
In June, the Kano State Government, led by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, demolished shopping malls located near the Kano Eid Ground, classifying them as unauthorized structures. The government contended that this action fulfilled a campaign promise made to the people of Kano State.
Nevertheless, the traders, represented by the Incorporated Trustees of Massallacin Eid Shop Owners, contested the demolition in the Federal High Court.
In response to the court’s decision, Haruna Dederi, the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, expressed disagreement, stating that the ruling lacked a solid basis. He asserted that the government possessed all the necessary documentation to appeal the case and emphasized that the Land Use Decree clearly outlines the governor’s authority over land in the state, particularly in urban areas.