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Affen said that the plaintiff’s right of occupancy over the 1.84 hectares of land remained valid and subsisting.
According to Affen, “there is no regular and proper overriding public interest to warrant the purported revocation’’.
“The plot belongs to WAYEF, a site for the building of the head office of the plaintiff’s pet project and so the dispute does not amount to overriding public interest,’’ the judge said.
“There is no evidence in all of the materials before me that the land had been initially granted.
“The Minister did not rely on the alleged error while revoking the land but rather relied on evidence of overriding public interest.
“The disputed land, plot no. 1347 Cadastral Zone AOO, Central BusinessDistrict, Abuja, FCT, was initially allocated to Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation (WAYEF) while Mrs Yar’adua was First Lady.
“The Minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed revoked the allocation for what he described as `overriding public interest’.
“The action of the FCT administration is not tenable in law as it was done contrary to the rules and law, and therefore will not stand.’’
The plaintiff said that the land allocated to WAYEF on Feb 19, 2010, was being trespassed upon by the President’s wife.
Story culled from http://leadership.ng