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Major General Abdulrauf Tijani (retd), has vowed to head to the Appeal Court to seek redress over a case he instituted against the Lagos State government and six others.

Respondents in the suit are the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Justice A. O. Faji of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, former Lagos State Attorney General, Abdulraheem Ade Ipaye, (SAN), Mr Kasheem Adeniji, Lagos State government and Governor of Lagos State.

Following a land dispute over an alleged unlawful seizure of his large expanse of land in Lagos state, Tijani sued the defendants, wherein he claimed N8bn as damages.

However, in a judgment on Monday, presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, dismissed the suit.

Justice Ekwo dismissed the suit on the ground that it constituted a gross abuse of court process and for also being defective in nature and contents.

Miffed by the judgment, the ex-army Chief told newsmen that a notice of appeal would be immediately filed to challenge the findings of the court.

Justice Ekwo held that the case of the plaintiff ran contrary to section 63 of the Federal High Court Act, having been instituted against a serving judge of the court in the discharge of his judicial duties.

The Judge held that immunity granted a serving judge in the course of judicial function was not ambiguous, adding that when such Judge errs, the appropriate place for remedy was not a law court.

General Tijjani had dragged the respondents to court challenging the alleged injustice perpetrated against him by officials of Lagos State and the serving judge of the Federal High Court.

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