Citizen Drags Plateau Govt To Court Over Grazing Land

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State

By; BUHÀRI B. BELLO, Jos

Alhaji Saidu Umaru, has sued the Plateau State Government, its permanent secretary ministry of finance, Alhaji Sani Yayaha, and two others over grazing land permit, in Wase Local Government Area of the state.

The plaintiff in a suit no. PLD/J532/19, pending before the Plateau State High Court, averred that he has been on the said land situated at Jawando Area of Wase LGA, for more than 40 years, but that the defendants wanted to dislodge him despite securing legitimate grazing permit from the State Ministry of Agriculture in 2014.

According to the plaintiff’s 24 paragraphs statement of claims contained in the writ of summons, 50 years of permit was granted to him by the 4th defendants being the state Ministry of Agriculture, and he has paid the chargeable fee for the period of ten years, which will elapse in the next four years.
He told the court that all terms and conditions to the grazing permit has not been defaulted by him, but that he was suddenly, threaten by the 1st defendant Alhaji Sani Yahaya, and was arrested and detained by the Police for two days at the Crime Investigation and Intelligent Department, Police headquarters Jos.  
“The 1st defendant from nowhere started laying claim of ownership over the land in dispute,” he averred. 
He further sought for the court’s declaration affirming, him as lawful occupant of the land, that the grazing permit granted to him by the 2nd defendant being Plateau State Government is valid  having not been revoked by the rightful authority.
“An order directing the defendants, their agents, and privies not to interfere with the peaceful enjoyment of the plaintiff’s right over the grazing land that he is occupying by a permit granted to him by 2nd defendant through the 4th defendant at Jawando in Wase LGA of Plateau State,” he averred.
The plaintiff sought for an order directing the defendants to pay him the sum of 5 million nyaira, as general damages jointly and severally, as well as cost of the action.

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