In obvious desperation to achieve his goals of demolishing the Mpape suburb, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister, Bala Mohammed rolled out the bulldozers and fierce looking security personnel to pull down homes belonging to three million residents.
After the Abuja High Court shirked its responsibility of clearly ordering an injunction but only gave a lose caution on Wednesday, the FCT Minister rushed to commence the demolition ahead of the scheduled date.
The FCT Minister also shunned the legal advice of the Attorney General of the Federation, the AGF, Mohammed Adoke, SAN, who wrote a letter asking that the demolition be put on hold.
The advice was contained in a letter, to the FCT Minister dated August 16, 2012.
The Attorney General advised the FCT minister to suspend the planned demolition pending the determination of a suit before an FCT High Court challenging the planned demolition.
According to the letter written by Abdulahi Yola the Solicitor General of the Federation on behalf of the AGF “All proposed actions be stayed in respect of the subject matter pending the determination of the substantive suit and any appeal arising therefrom.
Yola said the justice minister asked for a halt in the demolition “in consonance with this administration’s avowed commitment to the enthronement of rule of law.”
Adoke’s advice followed a petition written to the AGF’s office by human rights lawyer and Counsel to the residents of Mpape, Femi Falana.
With the commencement of the demolition of Mpape in defiance of the AGF advice, it is obvious that the agenda of the FCT Minister runs contrary to the position of the Federal Government that he serves.
It is difficult to understand the rush, since the matter would eventually be determined by the court. The premeditated action of the FCT Minister has rendered the suit an academic exercise.