The demolition of the building on Tuesday morning has caused a political storm as it comes just days after the faction of the party emerged and announced that it had suspended Governor Nasir El-Rufai from the party.

But the state government insists it has nothing to do with politics.

The Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), Mr Ibrahim Husseini, said the building was brought down as part of an exercise to rid the state of illegal structures, tackle street trading and restore order across the state.

“This morning a building on 11B Sambo Close was removed for flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010,” Mr Husseini said.

“This illegal violation of use had begun to distress neighbours who were being forced to endure an influx of thugs and blockage of the road.”

The KADGIS DG explained in a statement that due process was followed and that the state government only revoked the land on which the building was cited after the owners failed to pay land charges and comply with government directives.

He said, “Since 2016, the government has been taking action on various land-related matters, including revoking all undeveloped land titles in the state and directed that all abandoned buildings be developed within three months of the notice.

“The Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) issued a revocation notice of the statutory right of occupancy No. KD. 16712, that covers 11b Sambo Close in the Ungwan Rimi area.

“The appropriate notice of revocation was delivered at 28 Inuwa Wada Road, the registered address of the company that held the title to the property. The notice was also delivered to the building in question and sent by post to the registered address of the previous title holder.”

After revoking the land, Husseini said, the state government allocated it to the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency “for the purpose of developing and maintaining a public park that will provide a green area and a serene place for recreation in that residential neighbourhood”.

The government warned all title owners to comply with the terms of the allocation or risk suffering a similar fate.

“The purpose of allocation of land cannot be wilfully altered; neither can title holders lawfully neglect to pay their ground rents,” it said while calling on residents to support it in getting rid of poor structures in the state.

‘Act of terror’
The affected faction is not buying the explanation of the state government, however, and has described the demolition as ‘an act of terror’.

The group had opened the parallel office at 11B Sambo close in the state capital on Thursday last week after party in the state announced the suspension of the Senator representing Kaduna North district, Suleiman Hunkuyi, and expulsion of 28 other members for anti-party activities.

A Chieftain of the APC loyal to the new faction, Mikaiah Tokwak, told Channels Television that the action had given credence to their insistence that their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freely associate was under attack.

The Senate has also condemned the demolition of the secretariat.


Image result for KADUNA APC OFFICE


Culled from ChannelsTV

You can share this
Previous articleIfeyinwa Ojiaku Attang Plans Her Book Launch (Sponsored)
We help you make sense of an increasingly complex information world with a wide range of perspectives and stories that will allow you take an informed decision. We are proud of our African heritage and keep our eyes on the world. As online media, we see digitalization as the foremost opportunity to reach new readers, customers, and African emerging markets. We are independent in our approach. Our philosophy is grounded in the principles of a free society, which Africa is coming to terms with yet not losing the essence of what makes us African, which is our culture. ….showcasing the best part of us! ======================== ======================== Phone: +234 802 893 1940

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/etimesco/public_html/wp-content/themes/ionMag/includes/wp_booster/td_block.php on line 1008