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Why we demolished Durbar Hotel, by Kaduna government

The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KASUPDA), which is in charge of the planning and development of all urban areas within Kaduna State, has finally opened up on the demolition of the defunct Durbar Hotel.

“Abandoned Durbar property situated at Independence Way, Kaduna, was legally demolished by KASUPDA. The structure, has been a nuisance and a hideout for criminals which is against the laws regulating urban planning in Kaduna,” the agency said in a statement.

It added that the demolition followed an assessment it carried out which showed that the property did not meet the safety standards set by the Authority’s regulations. “This is to protect the lives of citizens living around the area and also the road users,” it said.

Dateline Nigeria reports that another “abandoned property” was demolished at Katuru Road, Kaduna by KASUPDA, which noted that the structure had also been a nuisance and a hideout for criminals “which is against the laws regulating urban planning in Kaduna.”

We’ll get justice – Abacha family

A lawyer of the Abacha family, Mr. Reuben Atabor, had earlier kicked against the demolition of the structure.

He said: “The Durbar hotel belongs to the family of Late Head of State, General Sani Abacha. They have been court with the Federal government since 2001. The family won the case against federal government. The Federal Government appealed and lost at the Appeal Court.

“As I speak with you, the case is at the Supreme Court, and it has not been decided. So, why should anybody demolish the hotel. We saw KASUPDA equipment demolishing the hotel, and since KASUPDA is Kaduna State government agency, all we know is the State government that is behind the demolition. The Abacha family will get Justice because we are filing court motion against the demolition.”

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