By Festus Fifen
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCT) Nyesom Wike, has appealed to the FCT Judiciary to look into indiscriminate issuance of injunctions against the Administration on land racketeering and other matters.
The Former Rivers State Governor lamented the sharp practices going on in the FCT where it has been established that sometimes in collusion with some members of staff of the FCT Administration judges issues court injunctions that complicate issues on the resolution of land related cases within the nation’s capital
Wike made the appeal when the FCT judiciary led by the FCT Chief Judge, Justice Hussaini Yusuf visited him in his office in Abuja on Thursday.
He added that the racketeering in FCT was getting out of hand and urged the chief judge to look into it.
In his words, “We appeal to you; so many things are happening in FCT, so many things. With the kind of sharp practices going on in FCT and collusion with the staff of FCT.
“They go to court and get all kinds of injunctions without even us getting the services, and before you know it, there are judgements.
“We are not blaming you, after all, your own is based on facts presented to you, but we are trying to change all that now because the land racketeering in FCT is getting out of hand.
“You see injunction here, injunction there, injunction in the next two minutes; injunction in the next five minutes; injunction in 30 minutes; it is unprecedented. Some of them even go outside to Kuje.
“We want to bring this to your attention so that you can look into it. That is not the best,” he said.
The minister commended the Chief Judge for the stability in FCT Judiciary and the cordial relationship between the FCTA and the judiciary and stressed the need to strengthen the working harmony.
He promised to improve the welfare of judges in the FCT judiciary, particularly in the area of accommodation.
According to him, providing a conducive environment for the people charged with the responsibility of fighting corruption like judges will help significantly in the fight against corruption.
Responding, Justice Yusuf assured the minister that he would address the problem of indiscriminate issuance of injunctions.
He noted that the judiciary was part of the government and should be doing things that would make government work.
“We are aware that you have started taking action to ensure sanity is brought into the land administration in the FCT.
“On my end, I have issued a directive to the judges in charge of my judicial division, that all cases involving FCT will be assigned by the Chief Judge.
“Even where such cases are filed within the division, they are returned to the Chief Judge so that I can assign them. This will enable me to keep track of where such cases have gone.
“I want to assure that the era of that kind of mistakes is gone; I want to assure you once more that we will do our best within the ambit of the law to ensure you succeed,” he said.
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