Court restrains IGP from demolishing estate in Lugbe
An Abuja High Court has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to halt the demolition of an estate in Lugbe, Abuja Municipal Area Council, pending the determination of a suit before it.
Justice O.C. Agbaza also ordered the police to provide protection and security to allottees of the estate in Lugbe Extension 1, until the final determination of the matter.
The judge further ordered service of court papers on Paul Odili, Paulo Homes Ltd, River Park Estate and the Inspector General of Police.
The orders followed an ex parte application brought by Victor Giwa, counsel to Mrs Shuaibu B.A., Collins Chukwuma Anomneze, Hannah Omuya, Rosemary Omuya, Saliu Aliyu, Desmond Maduka Ihejirika and Rita Nduka, who sued on behalf of allotted/owners of plots of land and houses in Lugbe Extension 1 Layout.
According to the plaintiffs, the application was filed after Paulo Homes Ltd allegedly began extending its portion of the estate.
However, counsel to the estate, Bunmi Biyi, said he was not aware of any plans to demolish the estate.
“You can’t go to court based on speculation,” he said.
The case was adjourned to September 17 for hearing.