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Trespass: Court orders NAF to pay N5m general damages

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Trespass: Court orders NAF to pay N5m general damages


A High Court in Kaduna on Wednesday ordered the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to pay N5 million to Igabi community in Kaduna State, as general damages for trespassing into the community land.

The plaintiffs, a 70-year-old Alhaji Yusuf Madugu Umaru and four other members of  Igabi community,x had instituted the suit on Oct. 28, 2014, asking the court to restrain the NAF and three others, being the defendants, from further trespassing into their property.

The community leaders in their submission said they inherited the land from the great grand parents who had settled on the land more than 150 years ago.

After several hearings and adjournments, Justice Isah Aliyu, in his judgment, which lasted several hours on Wednesday, held that the plaintiffs had provided documentary evidence and several witnesses to proof ownership of the land.

He said there were pieces of evidence that claimants’ great grand parents who migrated from Zamfara, Katsina, Zaria and other parts of the North settled in the area more than 150 years ago.

According to the Judge, the plaintiffs also provided evidence that they cultivated and grazed on same land over that period unchallenged.

He said there were evidence before the court that the plaintiffs rented and allocated part of the land to some Gwari, Ikulu and Kataf people since the last 40 years and no one ever challenged them.

The judge noted that the complainants had presented a registered land survey with a complete demarcation and boundary of the 74.436 hectars of the land which indicated that they were the rightful owners of the land.

He said their title to the land could only be revoked by the State Government under Sections 28 and 29 of the Land Use Act.

Aliyu said defendants had failed to provide substantial evidence to proof their claims.

He noted that the defendants through their counsel did not also challenge the claimants’ evidence presented before the court.

He added that “there was no admissable evidence presented by the defendants to claim ownership of the land aside the MoU between the Ministry of Defence and the Nigerian Air Force.

“The Nigerian Air Force had claimed it was handed over the land in 1962 by the Government of Northern Nigeria, through the Ministry of Defence.”

Aliyu, however, noted that the said documents and claims were not admitted as exhibits before the court.

The judge, therefore, ordered the Nigerian Air Force to stop any kind of construction around the community land and awarded N5 million as general damages to the communities for trespassing into their land.

Meanwhile, counsel to the plaintiffs, Mustapha Abubakar, thanked the court for his fairness in giving his clients’ justice.

On his part, the defense counsel, Mr Sabo Samaila, commended the judge and requested for a copy of the judgment for further action.

The Community leader of Kauyen Liman, Malam Abdullahi Badaru, and Sarkin Barakallahu, Malam Muhammed Abdullahi, also expressed their happiness for winning the case.

They said the over 10,000 community members had lived in fear of harassment and molestation from the men of the Nigerian Air Force who had asked them to vacate the land while the litigation lasted.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Abuja, July 3, 2020 Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and National Mirror Committee on Tourism are reviewing standards on health and safety measures for  the industry post COVID-19.

Mrs Chika Balogun, Committee Chairperson and Director-General, National Institute for Hotels and Tourism, said via a webinar meeting on Monday in Abuja that the draft standards would help revive the tourism sector.

According to her, it will help the sector to pick up when the lockdown ends.

”The online meeting by the committee’s Working Group on Tourism and Related Services is aimed at mitigating harrowing effect of COVID-19 on the industry.

”It will find a common ground for post-COVID-19 way forward in reviving the industry.

”The draft standards on Health and Safety Measures for Tourism and Hospitality Establishments-Post Pandemic (COVID-19) Resumption Guidelines specified resumption requirements to comply with lives protection and business sustainability.

”The guidelines apply to Hotels, Restaurants, Fast Foods, Conferences, Meetings, Event Centres, Tour Operatives, Travel Agents, Tourist Information Centres, Airlines and Beaches, among others,” she said.

Balogun said at a difficult period like this, tourism stakeholders needed to put all hands-on deck to pull out of the pandemic challenges.

Balogun thanked the committee members for their commitment and dedication towards making Nigerian tourism sector at par with its counterparts on the global scene.

The Director, Standards Development, SON, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu, said tourism sector had been adversely affected by the pandemic within and outside Nigeria.

“National Mirror Committee is expected to oversee a comeback by the sector through deliberations on the draft standards and the eventual implementation,” she said.

Represented by SON Group Head, Service Standards, Mr Ayoola Ololade, Egwuonwu stated that SON was ready to work with stakeholders to revamp the sector to ensure that activities pick at the end of the lockdown.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Buhari greets retired AVM Shekari at 80

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President Muhammadu Bihari has congratulated a prominent citizen of Kaduna State and one-time Military Administrator of the old Kano State, retired Air Vice Marshal Ishaya Shekari, on his attainment of 80th birthday.


The President’s congratulatory message was conveyed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.

Buhari described Shekari as “a remarkable citizen and statesman’’ and thanked him for his many years of service to the nation.

The president prayed for his good health and increased support to his community and the nation.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Nigeria’s candidate for WTO chief prioritizes fixing dispute settlement system if selected

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Nigeria’s candidate for the top job of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said fixing the Geneva-based body’s dispute settlement system would be one of her priorities, if selected as the new chief of the WTO.


Okonjo-Iweala, who is competing with seven other nominees for the position of director-general of the WTO, told Xinhua in a recent interview that her top priorities if selected, would be preparing for the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Kazakhstan in 2021.

She also hoped to work on restoring the dispute settlement system and updating the WTO’s rule book.

The WTO’s dispute settlement body is currently paralysed.

The Appellate Body, considered as the Supreme Court for global trade disputes, is supposed to have seven judges and needs a minimum of three judges to function.

The United States administration has been blocking new appointments for more than two years, with United States officials claiming that the court had gone beyond its remit.

“I would be focusing, if I get the job, on the dispute settlement system because this is the fundamental pillar of the WTO,’’ Okonjo-Iweala said.

“If you have a rules-based organisation, you must have a place where rules are arbitrated and that’s what happens with the dispute settlement system.

“So, restoring that will be a top priority as well.’’

Nigeria nominated Okonjo-Iweala, an economist who twice, served as Nigeria’s finance minister and briefly acted as foreign minister, for the post of WTO director-general in June.

She also had a 25-year career at the World Bank, including as a managing director.

The candidate, who also sits on the board of Twitter and the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, said she was confident to win the selection process and that she would be a listener-in-chief as well as a tough negotiator.

“I have strong political skills and negotiation skills.

“I think that’s very much needed; I am a consensus-builder and I’m a good listener too.’’

The candidate showed her confidence to “find a way to unlock the seeming division’’ on the trade side, between China and the United States, underlining that finding areas of mutual interest and to build trust within the WTO trading system would be important.

“Actually, if you listen to the two members, they have some things in common,’’ Okonjo-Iweala added.

“The dispute settlement system of the WTO is valued by both, they want it to reform, they don’t want it to disappear.’’

Okonjo-Iweala also noted that she hopes China will play the role of an economic growth engine in the current COVID-19 pandemic as it did during the 2008 global financial crisis.

“I think the best thing China can do is to recover quickly.

“Because it’s one of the engines of growth in the world and it’s almost a quarter of world trade,’ she told Xinhua.

“So, if it recovers quickly, it means that it can help the rest of the world recover.

“So, that’s the role I would see for China.’’

Roberto Azevedo, the incumbent WTO chief, announced in May that he will officially leave his post on Aug. 31, a year before his term expires.

The second phase of the selection process, in which the candidates “make themselves known to members’’, will end on Sept. 7 and then the General Council chairperson will consult with all WTO members before making the final decision.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Buhari mourns Khalifa Tidiane Niass, Senegal-based Islamic leader

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the demise of Sheikh Ahmed Tidiane Niass, Grand Khalifa (leader) of Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa.


The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said Buhari’s condolence message was addressed to President Macky Sall, government and people of Senegal as well as millions of members of the sect in Nigeria.

President Buhari said: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Ahmed Niass, has passed away in Senegal.

“Sheikh Ahmed Niass, who took over from his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father.

”He will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria.”

The Nigerian leader recalled that June, 2018, Sheikh Ahmed Niass visited the State House, Abuja, accompanied by some eminent Nigerians including President of BUA Group of Companies, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabi’u.

President Buhari, on behalf of government and people of Nigeria, prayed “for the eternal repose of his departed soul.”

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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