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Yaro family, court bailiffs evict firm to reclaim property in Kano

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
15 November 2021   |   3:06 am
Hundreds of pharmaceutical workers in Kano may have lost their source of livelihood, following an enforcement of court order for the eviction of a laboratory firm’s property situated on plot 157/159 Club Road.

Hundreds of pharmaceutical workers in Kano may have lost their source of livelihood, following an enforcement of court order for the eviction of a laboratory firm’s property situated on plot 157/159 Club Road.

The property, habitated by Ugolab Production Nigeria Limited, a pharmaceutical company, has been the subject of legal contention between owners of the lab and Idris Yaro family in the last 14 years.

The owners of the firm, who claimed to have legally possessed the estate, watched as the court bailiff’s moved in to reclaim and enforce court order given to the heirs of Yaro family, 20 years after the land was allegedly bought over.

Before embarking on the execution of the order, the court officers had stationed men of the Nigerian Police, who barricaded the entry and exit points to the laboratory, preventing officials and workers access to their workplace. The team stormed the premises of the said property, obstructing routine production and evacuated equipments and production facility.

Addressing journalists on the ugly development, the General Manager, Operations and Administration, Ugolab, Chris Metu, raised concern over the operation and described it as illegal and violation of court order.

Metu, who confirmed the verdict of Kano High court, which ruled in favour of Yaro family, insisted forcefully taken over of the property was outright, since the matter which has been appealed has already slated for hearing at the appeal court.

“We have been in Kano High court for years with Yaro family against Ugolab and UBA. On August 19, 2021, the court delivered a judgment in favour of Yaro family to take possession of the property.

“Upon the ruling of the court, the legal team of Ugolab challenged the judgment of the lower court at Appeal court, where we secured ex-parte order for stay of execution of lower court order. Meaning all parties involved are expected to maintain status quo pending the hearing of the appeal, which is already fixed for November 30, 2021.

“Now while waiting for the case at the appeal court, we suddenly notice the staff of Kano High Court evacuating property in the Ugolab facility against the court ruling. This is sad and unfortunate because they have interrupted the lawful business and obstructed the workers from going about their daily routine.

“All we wanted is for the rule of law to prevail. All we asked is for them to obey the court order because the injunction of the appeal court is the higher and superior authority,” Chris lamented.

Reacting, the lawyer to the Yaro family, Ahmad Sani Bawa, debunked the claims of Ugolab, insisting that the eviction process on the facility was in compliance with order of the court.

Bawa reminded that Justice Usman Na’aba of Kano high court no. 6 held a judgment onAugust 19, 2021 in favour of Yaro’s family as rightful owner of the property.

Bawa however, denied knowledge of any motion from the Appeal Court to stay of execution of lower court order.

He faulted the argument of Chris, instead, saying the Ugolab Production Nigeria Limited should have been held culprit for breaking the judgment of the Supreme Court on the matter.

He explained that the property in question had since 2007 been determined by five Justices of the Supreme Court, which ruled in favour of his client, raised concern how the legal team of Ugolab misled their client and contravening the decision of the apex.

According to him, ” the action of the bailiff was simply an execution of court judgment, delivered by Lord Justice Usman Na’aba, who vehemently declared his refusal to tamper with the judgment of the Supreme Court. My Lord had said who are mind to sit on the case that has already been decided by the Supreme Court of justice.

” It is important to let you know that the case in question has already been determined by five Justices of the Supreme Court. Now, I heard the plaintiff claiming we are violating the rule of law while instead they should be held responsible for contempt of court. The era of technicalities in law is over. How can you claim the judgment of the Supreme Court is expired and that the right of the Yaro family can be waived after 10 years.

” This is most unfortunate and least expected from a lawyer, who has the privilege of the court, to misled client with the hope of coming up with technicalities that cannot work because the era is over. Infact, we are considering putting up a petition against their lawyer for the ridiculous action.

” As for the motion on stay of execution, I am not aware because I have not been served. Instead, I’m aware of the application forwarded to the high court but has since stroke out,” Bawa noted.