By Gbade Ogunwale

 


Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari has been thrown out of his Abuja home.

A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory declared that he had been occupying the house illegally. The property, a five- bedroom duplex with two- room boys’ quarter, is located on Number 1, Fatai Williams Street, Asokoro, Abuja.

The eviction order, signed by Justice Jude Okeke, also ordered Governor Yari to pay N8, 162, 028. 00, representing profit on two years’ rent; N10, 000 cost; and N10, 000 warrant fees.

The judgment, which was given on June 11, 2010, had ordered the governor to yield possession of the house to the owner of the property, Sir Ernest Elochukwu, but the order was not complied with.

Consequently, Justice Okeke approved Yari’s eviction on April 26. Officials of the Judgment Enforcement Unit of the Federal Capital Territory stormed the premises at about 11 am yesterday with about eight armed policemen to carry out the eviction.

The Governor’s personal effects were taken out of the house. They would be moved to the court.

Copies of the eviction order pasted on the walls of the building reads: “Whereas as at a court holden on 11thJune 2010, it was adjudged that the plaintiff was entitled to possession of the premises mentioned in the particulars annexed to the affidavit.”

On the personal effects being taken away, the document stated: “The goods and chattles are not to be sold until after the end of five days next, following the day of which they were seized, unless they are of a perishable nature or at the request of the defendant.”

The implication of the above is that the Governor’s personal effects may be sold after five days of eviction.

The owner of the property has been in a running battle with Yari over the said property since 2010. The Governor was said to have rented the property in 2008 when he was a member of the House of Representatives.

But he claimed to have bought the property from Obinna Kanu in 2010 without the knowledge of the owner. Kanu is on the run and the police have declared him wanted.

 

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