Court prevents Kano government from erecting structures in Kanti Kwari textile market
By Desmond Mgboh, Kano
A Kano State High Court chaired by Judge Suleiman Baba Namallam prevented the Kano State government from blocking or erecting structures in any part of Taambu and Bayajidda streets in the popular textile market by Kantin Kwari, pending the hearing and decision of the motion on notice.
The ex parte order prevented the Kano State Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and the Kano State Bureau for Land Management as well as Raz Construction and Technical Limited, individually or jointly or anyone to do or allow anything to be done that would interfere with or interfere with the applicants’ easement rights in or out of their landholdings at Taambu and Bayajidda Street in the Kantin Kwari market.
Justice Namallam also ordered all parties to the trial to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and the decision of the motion on notice.
The order followed a petition brought to the court by lawyer Abba Hakima Fagge on behalf of the applicants, which included Shehu Bukar Makoda, Yusuf Alasan, Auwalu Buhari, Kabiru Ismaila, Salihu Baita and Incorporated Trustees of Kwari Small and Medium Scale Traders Association, Kano.
The judge has set August 19 for a hearing of the notice motion.
Concerned traders had previously complained to state journalists that the construction would endanger their businesses and livelihoods, fearing that they would invariably be evicted from their property once the structure is completed.
They further alleged that the foundation of the said construction was made in the middle of the night by government agents or proxies, a clear indication that the state government was aware of the unpopularity of the act.