Court Stops El-Rufai From Demolishing Abacha’s Hotel

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Gov.Nasir El Rufai

A Kaduna State High Court on Tuesday stopped Governor Nasir El-Rufai and agencies of the state from further demolishing and taking over Durbar Hotel Plc, said to belong to the family of the late Head of State, Sani Abacha.

The hotel, located along Muhammadu Buhari Way in Kaduna, the capital, has been under litigation between the Federal Government and the Abacha family since 2001.

The Abacha family was said to have won the case both at the lower and the appellate courts. It is now before the Supreme Court.

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Last week, the Kaduna State Urban and Property Development Agency moved to demolished the hotel.

The hotel’s management through the lawyer to the Abacha family, Reuben Atabor, then filed an ex-parte motion praying the court for an order of interim injunction restraining el-Rufai and agencies of the state government from demolishing, taking over, or tampering with the property.

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The hotel management, in the application, also sought an interim injunction restraining el-Rufai and agencies of the state government from further trespassing on the property pending the determination of the motion on notice.

Justice Hanatu Balogun, upon hearing the motion, granted the order and adjourned until February 4.

NAN