Court orders return of 58 tractors, summons Zamfara commissioner

Posted by News Express | 6 September 2022 | 374 times

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•Zamfara State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ibrahim Magayaki



A High Court II sitting in Gusau, Zamfara, has ordered the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ibrahim Magayaki, to return 58 tractors and appear before the court on Sept. 14.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Bello Shinkafi, ordered the commissioner to return the 58 tractors to the court premises within two days.

Shinkafi gave the order while delivering judgment on Monday over the case filed by a contractor (Dublim Investment Kano) against the Zamfara State Government, adding that the commissioner should appear before the court on the date.

Speaking shortly after the court sitting, the counsel to plaintiff, Mr Misbahu Salahudeen, disclosed that his client (Dublim Investment Kano) sued the government over non-payment of N220 million.

According to him, in 2019 the High Court III had ordered the state government to pay the contractor the amount but the payment was not effected since then.

He further explained that the High Court III then gave an order for the confiscation of state government properties for auction to pay the contractor.

“Following the court order, 40 Vehicles and the 58 tractors were confiscated and marked for auctioning to ensure settlement of the contractor.”

Misbahu disclosed that while waiting for the court to give order for the auction, the commissioner of agriculture allegedly connived with some people and moved away the 58 tractors illegally.

He said as a result of unnecessary delay to give order for the auction, they decided to challenge the delay at High Court II in the state.

“It’s within the Constitution, Order 33 of the High Court Procedures that you can sue a judge to his superior court.”

“That’s why we took our case to High Court II which today, the judge ordered High Court III to immediately give court order for the auction and Commissioner for Agriculture to return 58 tractors and appear before the court. ” (NAN)

Source: News Express

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