Court orders Nigerian Army to pay N260,000 to host communities in Jaji


By Aisha Gambo
The Kaduna State High Court on Thursday ordered the Nigerian Army to pay N260,000 cost to host communities of Jaji Military Cantonment
Justice Hannatu Balogun ordered the army to pay each of the 260 members N1,000 cost and also,  present envidence of payment by July 10.
She also ordered the army to allow members of the communities access to their farmlands.
Earlier , the Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Kimi Livingston filed a contempt proceedings against  the General Officer Commanding, 1Division and some senior officers.
They alleged that the army refused to obey the court order wjich stoped the construction of a perimeter fence around Jaji barrack.
Also, alleged that the army  blocked the plaintiffs access to their farmland , villages and communities during the pendency of the case.
The respondents were not in court but sent a letter stating that officers occupying the offices had been transferred to other places.
The judge refused to accept the letter.
The defendant’s counsel, Aliyu Ibrahim told the court that he would ensure  that the officers were in court personally by July 10.
He also denied the allegations of stopping communities access their farmlands.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that host communities within the Jaji Military Cantonment had on November 2020  dragged the military to the state High Court, over alleged encroachment of their ancestral land.
The communities which include Wusono, Ungwan Auta, Labar, and Ungwan Alhassan were in court because the military had started fencing the community into the cantonment while the settlement was ongoing.(NAN)