A high court 4, sitting in Lafia, yesterday, has ordered the Nasarawa State government to pay the management of Breeze 99:9 FM, Lafia, N67.3million for illegal demolition of the station.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Rose Soji, held that the demolition of the station by the government on May 20, 2017 was illegal.
The Judge explained that from the evidence before the court, the demolition was in violation of the relevant laws of the state, which stipulated that the government was supposed to give a 21-days notice.
She said the Nasarawa State Urban Development Board (NUDB) notified the management of the station that the Certificate of Occupancy was for residential use on May 11, 2017.
“So, from the date the notice was served and when the station was demolished, it’s just nine days as against the relevant laws of the state.
“Because of not adhering to the stipulated laws, the demolition is thereby declared illegal and the government should pay N17.3m as special damages and N50 million as general damages,” the judge added.
Justice Soji also ordered the state government to offer public apology to the management of the station for the illegal act.
It would be recalled that NUDB, on May 20, 2017, demolished the station for alleged violation of land approval.
Reacting to the judgment in an interview, Counsel to Mr Nawani Aboki, owner of the Breeze FM, Ucha Olegede, said the demolition of the radio station was unconstitutional by the state government.
Also speaking in an interview, Counsel to the defendant, Ishaku Usman, who commended the judge for diligent judgment, however, said they would decide whether to appeal the judgment or not.
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