A High Court sitting in lafiathe state capital of NasarawaNigeria, presided over by Justice Simon Abokiset May 5 to visit disputed land believed to belong to family Gbenda Igbaa Aken, but which would have been taken over by Aliko Dangote and its group of companies.
the Daily Sun had reported that family members ofOjile Gbenda Akeen of the district of Tungain the local government area ofAwehad dragged Dangote Sugar Company in court for allegedly encroaching on their ancestral lands.
Gbenda Igba Akeen of the district of Tunga asked the court to prevent Aliko Dangote and his company from further encroaching on their farmland and destroying their ancestral grave.
The plaintiffs in the case asked the court to recover three hundred hectares of their land.
When the case was heard, both parties filed an interlocutory injunction, as two motions for extension of time were mentioned by the first defendant.
Plaintiff’s attorney barr Stephen Akpehe claimed that the lawyer for Dangote Sugar Company and counsel for the third defendant, the government of the State of Nasarawahad been allowed to file a motion in defense of their case.
He further explained that Dangote had promised to give the affected people in these communities 200 million naira as part of its social responsibility, but that the plaintiff never received the sum.
In a motion record filed by plaintiff’s attorney to prevent the company from operating in the field, Umaru argued that the land can only be taken if the court visits the land in question.
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