Land Dispute Tears National Eye Centre, Host Community
This seems not to be the best of time for National Eye Centre , Kaduna and its host community , Mahuta village as duo are at loggerheads over ownership of part of the land.
In a press statement issued and signed by counsel to Mahuta Community and made available to journalists in Kaduna yesterday , Mohammed Tanimu . Mohammed of Falalu Bello and Co Chambers it stated that residents took the matter to court when the National Eye Centre encroached on the land in dispute in a suit no: KDH/KAD/963/2013 Murtala Abubakar and 9 other versus Awwal Tahir and seven others.
According to the counsel to Mahuta residents , the court on March 21 , 2014 finally awarded the land in dispute to the Mahuta community.
However, the defendant , Awwal Tahir of Interland Skills Limited , who represented National Eye Centre in the case, faulted the judgement , noting that the land still belongs to National Eye centre.
In a sharp reaction in the statement , Mohammed said, ” That since the State Highcourt , Kaduna had ruled in Favour of Mahuta community , the judgement stands until set aside by a superior court.
While warning National Eye Centre and Interland Skills Limited , which is the firm constructing a Housing Estate on behalf of National Eye Centre, the counsel both parties to respect the court judgement .
The statement further read, “Our attention has been drawn to the publications and clandestine activities of Interland Skills Limited , which represented National Eye Centre , Kaduna and Federal Ministry of Land at Mahuta village , adjacent National Eye Centre for Sale.”
” The public must note that except the plots being offered fall within the 1980 acquired land as fully fence by the National Eye Centre or any Federal Ministry nor Interland Skills Limited has any title, power, right to any land in Mahuta village.
” Likewise if 2014 so called measurement in plan no; KD G 1901 refers to 300 hectares outside National Eye Centre , then it is fraudulent , dishonest and must be disregarded by the public 7 misleading .
” All transactions relating to land outside the Eye Centre’s fenced land must be with the people of Mahuta or their lawful attorney/representatives who title and rights were recognized and affirmed in suit no: KDH/KAD/963/2013 Murtala Abubakar and 9 other versus Awwal Tahir and seven others.”