Abubakar Rimi Market Traders in Sabon Gari area of Kano State have challenged the legal action instituted by Kano state government to forcefully evict them from their shops.
In a preliminary objection filed before a Chief Magistrate court, Airport division, the traders are challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.
The management of Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market (Sabon-Gari) Company Limited, a liability company owned by the state government had served the traders a quit notice to vacate their shops for violation of truth, principles and agreement.
Solacebase reports that the state-owned company had dragged the traders before Chief Magistrate Muntari Dandago asking the court to order the traders to vacate the government property.
When the case came up for mention on Thursday, counsel to the defendants Abdul Azeez notified the court that further hearing on the matter would amount to an abuse of court process, since the similar matter is already pending before a state high court.
Barrister Azeez disclosed that the traders have instituted a legal action against the state government over a forceful use of solar energy in the market.
He said that the government decision to institute another case against the traders at the lower court was a deliberate attempt to frustrate the pending case, using eviction threat.
He expressed surprise how the government suddenly found fault that warranted eviction especially when the traders have conducted themselves peacefully in the last 30 years.
Opposing the position of the defendants, a state counsel, Barrister Abdullahi Shamsuden insisted the matter before the Chief Magistrate has to do mainly with landlord and tenants affairs.
The plaintiff who maintained that the ejection notice has nothing to do with the solar energy suit before the high court, stressing that the landlord reserve the authorities to reclaim possession of property especially when security is at stake.
The presiding Chief Magistrate Muntari Dandago has adjourned the matter to 16th December 2020, for ruling on the preliminary objection.