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Land racketeering: Wike tasks judiciary on indiscriminate injunctions

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike has appealed to the judiciary to look into indiscriminate issuance of injunctions against the FCT Administration on land racketeering and other matters.

Wike made the appeal when a delegation of the FCT Judiciary led by the FCT Chief Judge, Justice Husseini Yusuf, visited him in his office in Abuja on Thursday.

He lamented the sharp practices going on in the FCT, sometimes in collusion with some staff of the FCT Administration, adding that judges were also complicating issues with indiscriminate injunction.

He added that the racketeering in FCT was getting out of hand and urged the Chief Judge to look into it.

“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.

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