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Abuja Court Stops Demolition Of Kpokpogri’s House As He Demands N2bn Compensation

 An Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama, on Thursday, restrained the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Hon. Muhammad Bello, from further demolishing the residence of Abuja socialite and former lover of Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, Prince Joseph Kpokpogri.

Empire had reported how the multi-million naira mansion belonging to Prince Kpokpogri was demolished by the Federal Capital Development Agency (FCDA) in May.

The order followed an ex-parte application that Kpokpogri filed through his team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

Ozekhome, told the court that some persons from the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, had on May 14, invaded his client’s residence, “accompanied by a multitude of heavily armed policemen and bulldozers and excavators”, and commenced the demolition of his house, beginning with the boys quarters.

He told the court that agents of the FCDA threatened to return for total demolition of Kpokpogri’s house, even though they failed to give any reason for their action.

In  his ruling, Justice Charles Agbaza, said he found merit in the ex-parte application and accordingly granted all the reliefs that were sought by the Applicant.

“I have carefully perused the affidavit of the Applicant and also listened to the counsel. This court finds merit in the application and it is satisfied that the Applicant has fulfilled all the conditions to warrant the exercise of discretion in his favour.

The Application has merit and it is accordingly granted”, Justice Agbaza held.

He ordered the service of the court order on all the Defendants in the suit, even as he adjourned the matter till July 15 to hear the substantive case.

In the substantive suit, Kpokpogri, is among other things, praying the court to order the Defendants to pay him aggravated and general damages to the tune of N2billion.

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