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Court stops Ganduje from constructing shops on Wambai market road

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A Kano High Court has restrained the state government from carrying out construction work on road in Kofar Wambai Market in Municipal Local Government Area of the state.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that traders had protested against the construction of the shops when government commenced laying foundation of the project.

The traders said the project would negatively affect their business as the street, where the foundation had been laid, is the biggest in the market where vehicles are parked to load goods that would be transported to other places in the country.

The traders, in an effort to stop the project, dragged the state government to court.

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After hearing the suit filed by the traders, Friday, Justice Aisha Ya’u gave order restraining the state government from continuing with the project, pending the hearing and determination of the suit, next year.

She directed that both parties should maintain status quo on the disputed land.

“An order is granted that parties shall stop all action on disputed land and maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the substantive motion on notice.

“The matter is adjourned to 24/01/2022,” the court said.

The court considered the ruling after a Motion Experte dated 17 December 2021 together with accompanying affidavit.

Counsel to the traders, Sadiq Abbdullahi, had argued that the government had already laid foundation for construction of shops on the passage area.

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The traders, led by Ibrahim Yakasai, had approached the court on December 22 to stop the government’s plan to build more shops in the congested market.

A trader in the market, Anas Bala, told DAILY NIGERIAN it is inappropriate to build shops on the road, through which items are delivered and fire brigade vehicles access the market during emergency.
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