The High Court 2 sitting at GRA Zaria has adjourned the case between Gyallesu Community in Zaria Local Government of Kaduna State and the Nigerian Army and Four others over farm land dispute to 11th March 2020 for hearing of the interlocutory injection filed by the plaintiff.
The second, third, fourth and fifth respondents are: the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen.Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Commandant, Nigeria Military School (NMS), Zaria, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Muktar-Bunza, Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Munguno (rtd) and Attorney General of the Federation respectively.
The community resorted to legal action to retrieve their farmland they inherited from their forefathers which they claimed was forcefully seized by the Nigerian Army.
When the case was mentioned the counsel to the plaintiffs, Mrs Halima Olodo told the court that the case “is slated today for mentioning.
In his submition, counsel to the Nigerian Army, second and third respondents, Mr A. I. Omaji told the court that they have already filed their response to the application for interlocutory injunction filed by the plaintiffs.
The Presiding judge, Justice Kabir Dabo adjourned the case to March 11 for hearing of the interlocutory injunction.
Responding to the Journalists questions shortly after the adjournment , Olodo said: “The case is slated for today for the respondents’ motion for extension of time within which to file their counter affidavit and written address out of time.
“And this was actually granted, so, we picked another date within which we can come back for hearing.
“The court had earlier granted us an order restraining the Nigerian Army from collecting the said piece of farmland from Gyallesu community.”
Adding that the respondents did not forward their application on time, however, the court had granted the application for them to submit their papers before next sitting.
On his part, counsel to the respondents said: “What happened in court today is that “we filed our response to the application for interlocutory injunction filed by the plaintiffs”.
This issue had been lingering for a long period of time over ownership of the said piece of farmland which Gyallesu community said they have inherited from their great-grand parents.