Court restrains Gov Lalong from re-constructing Jos Main Market

From Teryima Ajijah, Jos

A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, on Tuesday granted a perpetual injunction restraining the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Plateau State government and the Attorney General of the State from re-constructing the burnt Jos Main Market.

It will be recalled that a suit was filed on August 2, 2022 by Member Representing Jos South/Jos East in the House of Representatives Abuja, Dachung Musa Bagos, challenging the planned signing of an MoU with Jaiz Bank to rebuild the Jos Main Market.

The Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, had fixed September 13, 2022, for ruling on the suit filed by the lawmaker.

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

The presiding judge, Justice P.S Gang in his ruling, therefore, granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining Governor Lalong, the state government and Attorney General and Commissioner of 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 defendants 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.

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