The head office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction which suspended Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has been demolished.
The demolition was carried out under the supervision of armed security personnel and some suspected thugs.
The team which pulled down the building located at 11B, Sambo road, GRA Kaduna, was said to have arrived at the place around 4am on Tuesday.
The faction known as Kaduna Restoration Group is led by Suleiman Hukunyi, senator representing Kaduna north central.
An aide of Hukunyi simply identified as Abdulraham told TheCable that soldiers blocked the two entrances of the building while the exercise was going on.
“The bulldozer was accompanied by armed soldiers who blocked both sides of the road leading to the building,” he said.
Some loyalists of Hunkuyi have accused el-Rufai of masterminding the act but the governor is yet to respond as Samuel Aruwan, his spokesman, did not reply a text message sent by TheCable.
However, a senior government official who did not want to be named said the demolition was carried out by the Kaduna state Urban and Property Development Agency (KASUPDA).
Mr. Ibrahim Husseini, the Director-General, the Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), said on Tuesday that KAPSUDA was currently undertaking operations across Kaduna metropolis in compliance with its mandate.
In partnership with sister agencies, KASUPDA is clearing illegal structures, tackling street hawking and restoring order across Kaduna.
“This morning a building on 11B Sambo Close was removed for flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010.
“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 Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) issued a revocation notice of 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.
“The land has now been allocated to KASUPDA 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.
“KADGIS wishes to remind all title owners to be fastidious in complying with the terms of their allocation. The purpose of allocation of land cannot be wilfully altered; neither can title holders lawfully neglect to pay their ground rents.’’
He said the property was allocated for residential purposes and not for political activities.
Although the crisis in the Kaduna chapter of the APC has been on since 2015, it reached its height on Thursday when Hukunyi group issued a query to el-Rufai and suspended three of the governor’s aides.
El-Rufai had dismissed the query but the group gave him 48 hours to respond to allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him.
In a swift reaction, the APC faction loyal to el-Rufai suspended Hunkuyi and 28 members of his group.
But that did not stop the anti-el-Rufai group from suspending the governor for six months.
Another faction loyal to the governor overruled the suspension, describing it as laughable.
There are three APC factions in Kaduna: “government house faction”, “APC -Akida” led by Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, and the Kaduna Restoration Group.
The crisis is coming at a time President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, to reconcile aggrieved individuals in the APC.