There are strong indications that the disagreement between the Saraki family and the Kwara State Government over the demolition of Ile Arugbo may be resolved out of court.
Justice Abiodun Adebara of the Ilorin High Court has advised the parties involved in the case to explore out-of-court settlement in the interest of peace and justice,
Justice Adebara gave the advice while addressing counsels and parties before he adjourned the case till January 24 for hearing of pending applications and interim injunction.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, State House of Assembly, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, director-general, Kwara Bureau of Lands and the Inspector-General of Police are defendants in the suit
Earlier, Counsel to the claimant (Asa Investments Limited), Abdulazeez Ibrahim, SAN, made an attempt for the court to give an interim order for another injunction.
Ibrahim argued that interim injunctions can be extended within seven days of making the order.
‘‘We are ready for settlement as advised and would make some approach. We are peace loving people so, we will explore all possible opportunities for settlement,” he said.
He told the court that he had not been able to serve the fifth respondent (IGP), saying the “first to the fourth respondents have been served and they responded too. But the fifth respondent has not been personally served.”
He noted that the “motion on notice was dated and filed on January 13 and 14.
“The application for the motion ex-parte is supported by seven paragraphs affidavit deposed to by one Ayo Ibrahim. We rely on all the averments therein. We also filed a written address in support of the affidavit. I pray the court to grant the order so that we can make progress”.
Pending the time all the court processes would have been served the fifth respondent, Ibrahim said “we are applying orally for the court to order all the parties to maintain status-quo in the interest of peace and justice, as well as an extension of tenure of the interlocutory injunction”.
In his reply, the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Salman Jawondo said with respect to the motion on substituted service “we can only be seen but not heard”.
He added that “we are opposed to the application of tenure extension of the interlocutory injunction or whatever name it is called.
The application is also an invitation to chaos as the case has attracted much heat and attention even beyond its content”.
Ruling on the motion ex-parte for substituted service to the fifth respondent, Justice Adebara granted the application.
“In this application, attempts at personal service to the fifth respondent met the rock. I am satisfied that the service be made by pasting court processes on the notice board in the premises of the Kwara State Police Command, Ilorin”, he said.
Declining to make express statement on the application for tenure elongation of the interlocutory injunction, Justice Adebara urged all the parties in the case to maintain their calm and seek for peaceful resolution of the issue.