Wednesday, 13 October 2021 06:54

Ex-President’s Daughter Forged Land Papers - FCT Minister Tells Court

Muhammad Musa Bello, FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello, FCT Minister

Malam Muhammad Bello, Min­ister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Tuesday told a High Court of the FCT that Zainab, the daughter of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, alleged­ly forged several documents to lay claim to ownership of a dis­puted plot of land in Abuja.

Zainab had filed a legal ac­tion at the court against the FCT minister and three others over the disputed land.

Specifically, Zainab, by the suit, is seeking the sum of N500 million as general damages against the FCT minister and the other defendants, just as she sought for an order of per­petual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants and their agents from laying claim to the property.

However, in a joint statement of defence to the suit over the ownership of Plot 506, Zone B 09, Kado District, Abuja, the minis­ter and the Federal Capital De­velopment Authority (FCDA) who are 3rd and 4th defendants denied ever allocating any plot of land to the plaintiff.

The minister averred that there was nothing to show that the former president’s daughter ever applied for land in the FCT or made any payment officially or otherwise to FCDA to entitle her to any land in Abuja.

In the defence statement dat­ed September 21, 2021 and filed bytheirlawyer, Mr. YakubuAbu­bakar, the minister and FCDA informed the court that Zainab claimedownershipof theplotof the Abuja land through a power of attorneywhichthedonor, one Haliru Malami, later disowned as purported seller.

The respondents averred that before filing the court case, Zainab had allegedly given con­flicting accounts of how the land was purportedly acquired through a former minister of the FCT as well as acquisition by way of purchase from the 1st defendant.

They submitted that the 1st defendant, whoallegedlysoldthe land, issued a letter on March, 4, 2021, denying ever selling the land and ever issuing power of attorney to the plaintiff.

They further argued that there was nothing in the re­cords of their Department of Land Administration and the Abuja Geographic Information System, indicating that the plain­tiff paidanymoneywhetheroffi­cial or otherwise in respect of the land, adding that their review of eventsrevealedthattheregistra­tion of the purported power of attorney was irregular.

More so, the respondents stated that upon the discovery that the plaintiff was laying claim to the plot of land through irregular documents, they void­ed and set aside a certificate of occupancy purportedly ob­tained from FCDA.

Therefore, they are praying the court to dismiss the case with cost because she is not en­titled to any claim in the origi­nating summons.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Justice Olukayode Ad­eniyi, has granted permission to the plaintiff to amend her statement of claim and subse­quently fixed December 15 and 16 for definite hearing of the matter.



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