- Governor El-Rufai revokes the Certificate of Occupancy for a property belonging to the family of Sani Abacha
- The governor alleges the family violated the terms and owes a grand rent for over 19 years
- A Kaduna High Court had earlier restrained the governor from taking over the property
The Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) of the demolished Durbar Hotel which belongs to late General Sani Abacha’s family has been revoked by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, according to The Guardian.
Legit.ng gathered that El-Rufai in a letter dated December 31, 2019, and addressed to Mohammed Abacha said the property’s C-of-O was revoked because of a grand rent for over 19 years that has been owed.
Nonetheless, Mohammed explained he received the letter, which was dispatched on January 24, 2020, by the Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) on January 24, 2020, after the hotel had been demolished.
The letter which was jointly signed by the Kaduna state governor and the Deed Registrar, Yusuf Muawiyah of (KADGIS) on January 3, 2020, accused the late General’s family of violating the terms of the grant.
It would be recalled that El-Rufai and Kaduna state agencies were restrained from demolishing and taking over the property by a Kaduna high court presided over by Justice Hannatu Balogun on January 21, 2020.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian government signed an agreement with the United States and the Island of Jersey to repatriate millions of dollars looted. Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice said the agreement would make the country repatriate $321 million looted assets.
The funds to be repatriated are those looted by the former military head of state, Sani Abacha, former Delta governor, James Ibori, ex-minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and so on.
Similarly, the federal government of Nigeria revealed how the looted funds would be spent. The personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet on his Twitter page said that laundered funds under the agreement would help finance the construction of the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Abuja-Kano Expressway.
Bashir said the proposed investments would benefit the citizens of the regions where the roads constructions would be done.
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