An Abuja High Court has issued an interim order restraining the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and three others from altering or repurposing the area designated for Berger Park and Recreation Center in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, contrary to the Federal Capital Territory’s master plan.
This injunction is in effect until the court hears and decides on the suit filed by concerned residents of the area.
The presiding Judge, Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, granted this interim order in response to an oral application made by Mr. James Onyilo, the counsel representing the plaintiffs: Hon. Haruna Saidu, Dr. Itonye Efebo, Sunday Uche, Moses Osiboh, and Shehu Abba. These individuals are the first to fifth plaintiffs in the case, which was filed on June 20, 2023.
The plaintiffs have brought this case against the FCT minister, FCTA, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Nigerian Police Force Property and Construction Company Ltd, and Brains and Hammers Ltd, alleging that their actions are in violation of the master plan and have adverse effects, such as flooding and erosion in the area due to construction activities.
The court has set the hearing date for October 30 and ordered all parties to maintain the status quo to prevent any further alteration of the park pending the outcome of the case.
The plaintiffs seek various declarations and damages, including an order to restore Berger Park and Recreation Center and financial compensation for the destruction caused.