Jos Main Market: Lalong appeals Hon. bagos High Court judgment against Jaiz Bank re-building of Market

by Pam Moses

Plateau State Governor Barr. Simon Lalong has appealed Hon. Dachung Bagos Jos High Court judgement that Restrains Plateau Government from Engaging Jaiz Bank to Rebuild Jos Market.

Lalong in the Notice of Appeal Suit NO: PLD/J424/2022 dated 2nd December 2022, Apeal the Judgement of the Jos High Court “the Lower Court”) delivered by Hon. Justice S.P. Gang dated the 13” day of September 2022.

It would be recalled that Jos High Court had on 13th September, 2022 granted a perpetual injunction restraining Governor Simon Lalong, the Plateau State Government and the Attorney General of the State from rebuilding the burnt Jos Main Market.

Justice P S Gang in his ruling granted the injunction in a suit which was filed on the 2nd of August 2022 by member representing Jos South/Jos East in the House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Bagos, challenging the planned signing of an MoU with Jaiz Bank to rebuild the Jos Main Market Authority.

Bagos had, through his Counsel Darong Niri, raised four issues for determination before the Court and sought seven reliefs and the court granted all seven reliefs.

Justice Gang in his ruling granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Governor Plateau State, Plateau State Government and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice from “running managing building or entering into any agreement or partnership to build any market in Plateau State, particularly the Jos Main Market”.

The Court also granted that the defendants have no powers whatsoever to run, manage, build and enter into any agreement to build or manage any market in Plateau State, particularly the Jos Main Market.

The Judge also granted that any agreement by the Plateau State Governor, Plateau State Government and Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice to build any market in Plateau State and particularly Jos Main Market without complying with the mandatory provisions of sections 31 to 70 of the Plateau State Public-private partnership law, 2017 is “unlawful, illegal, null and void.”

However, citizens, Stakeholders, Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) Plateau State Chapter amongst other associations had kicked against rebuilding of the Jos Market by Jaiz Bank giving diverse reasons and asked that such arrangements be suspended by the government as they are perceived to be enslavement and destiny-mortgaging agenda for 40 years.

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Jos Main Market: Lalong appeals Hon. bagos High Court judgment against Jaiz Bank re-building of Market

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