Trader sues Ugwuanyi, others for demolishing Enugu Goat Market 

A northern trader, Alhaji Aminu Sani Nadada, has dragged the Enugu state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Attorney General as well as Citigas and Mineral Resources Coy LTD to the Enugu state High Court for demolishing his shed and that of other traders at the Enugu Goat Market, and giving same to a private developer.

Alhaji Nadada instituted the suit claiming N134,500 000 :00K (One hundred and thirty four million, five hundred thousand Naira) being special, aggravated, punitive and general damages for unlawful takeover of his shops and subsequent demolition of his properties by the defendants.

The suit Alhaji Sani Nadada Vs. The Governor of Enugu State & 2 Others, Suit No. E/1139/2022, was filed on behalf of Nadada by Olu Omotayo Esq. The president of Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN).

Nadada had stated in his claim before the court that in 2006, former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, while exercising the powers conferred on him under Section 28 of the Land Use Act of 1978, acquired the new site for Goat Market and it was published in the Enugu state Official Gazette of 6th April, 2006 Vol.15, and known as Enugu state Notice No.1, Land use Act No.6 of 1978, Notice For Public Land Acquisition (Acquisition Notice). And by virtue of this law, the Goat Market became a creation of the law and the entire area/land acquired and designated for market purposes only. 

Nadada said he was allotted stalls 10 and 10B, 11, 11B, 29, 29B, and also an open space by government acting through the Enugu North local government chairman. 

He thereafter built 8 lockup shops and 12 toilets on the open space allocation granted him at the cost of N25, 500, 000: 00k (Twenty five million, five hundred thousand naira only).