The Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, has advised the Federal Capital Territory ministry to ‘put on hold’ the planned demolition of Mpape, a populous suburb in Abuja.
The advice was contained in a letter, to the FCT Minister on Thursday, dated 16 August 2012, made available to Premium Times.
The Attorney General advised the FCT minister to pause the demolition pending the determination of a suite before an FCT High Court contesting the planned demolition.
“All proposed actions be stayed in respect of the subject matter pending the determination of the substantive suit and any appeal arising there from,” Abdulahi Yola, Solicitor of the Federation and permanent secretary of the Justice Ministry said in the letter, with which he conveyed the justice minister’s advice.
Mr Yola said the justice minister asked for a stay “in consonance with what this administration’s avowed commitment to to the enthronement of rule of law.”
Mr. Adoke’s advice follows a petition written to the AGF’s office by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana.