FG wants 3 hydro plant’s case transferred to high court 

The Federal Ministry of Power and the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company have asked the Federal High Court II in Minna to transfer the suit involving the three hydro power stations in the state over payment of ground rents to the state High Court for lack of requisite jurisdiction. 

Counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants, Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, in a motion on notice, Monday sought the order of the court  transferring the case to state High Court that has requisite jurisdiction.

He said the motion on notice was based on five grounds and supported by six paragraphs of affidavit. 

He argued that particulars of the case showed that it is about collecting rents, adding that, “this Federal High Court has enumerated jurisdiction. It is not proper to come to the court with this case”.

“Furthermore, the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to adjudicate cases regarding lands and rent issues,” he argued. 

In response, counsel to the applicant, Aliyu  Ibrahim Lemu, SAN, urged the court to throw out the motion for lack of merit, arguing that no relief was sought in the motion and that the counsel to the first and second defendants misconstrued the suit of the plaintiff.

He said: “Despite the attempt to change the colouration of the suit by the defendants, we want to make it clear that the case is an action seeking the interpretation and enforcement of the Niger state administration law 2022.”