A businessman, Alhaji Mahmoud Hassan has dragged the family of the late Hassan Katsina to court over a piece of land he allegedly bought from the family 10 years ago.
Daily Trust gathered that Alhaji Mahmoud allegedly bought the land for the sum of N30 million in 2013 but the land documents were never handed over to him.
Alhaji Mahmoud in a suit filed before the Kaduna State High Court 7 is demanding the sum of N150,520 million as being the current forced sales value of all that land situate at Plot No. 12 Murtala Muhammed Way on TPO 4830, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna, which he bought from the defendants on the 2nd day of August, 2013 for a consideration of N30 million from the four defendants and administrators of the late General Hassan Usman Katsina property including Hadiza L. Hassan Usman Katsina, Hadiza Hassan Usman Katsina, Mustapha Hassan Usman Katsina and Usman Hassan Usman Katsina.
When the case came up yesterday at High Court 7 presided over by Justice Nasiru Sadiq, the 4th defendant, Usman Hassan Katsina accepted that the family had a transaction with the plaintiff 10 years ago.
He then pleaded with the court to give the family until January, 2024 to settle the matter out of court.
The counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Yakub Abbas expressed his reservation over the request of the 4th defendant saying, “The matter had lingered for 10 years outside the court before his client decided to file a case at the court.”
The presiding judge, Justice Nasiru Sadiq adjourned the matter to 29th January, 2024 to give room for out-of-court settlement.
However, the plaintiff in his statement filed before the court, “I aver that upon getting wind of the fact that the defendants for themselves and on behalf of all the heirs of the late General Hassan Usman Katsina want to sell the land situate at Plot No. 12 Murtala Muhammed Way on TPO 4830, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna as part of their heritable estate, the plaintiff approached the defendants in the year 2013.
“The plaintiff approached the defendants and after some discussions, negotiations and agreement in principle, the plaintiff wrote an offer to the defendants on the 1st August, 2013 for a consideration of N30 million.
“The plaintiff avers further that he was shocked to realise later about three years ago that as far back as the same year, 2013 when the plaintiff thus bought the said property, there were adverse claimants and the matter is subject of litigation in court.”