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Thousands of Gbagyi Residents Protest as El Rufai Moves to Demolish 3,000 Houses

by on March 18, 2016
 
Over 35,000 resi­dents of Gbagyi Villa, a communi­ty in Chikun Local Gov­ernment Area of Kaduna State will be rendered homeless as the state government embarks on demolishing about 3,000 buildings marked as ille­gal structure in the area.
The exercise is billed to take place in a week’s time and the affected land­lords have been served with related notices.
Worried by the incon­veniences they are ex­pected to suffer, victims of the planned-demoli­tion yesterday sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to President Muhamma­du Buhari to prevail on Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, to stop the action.
The residents, who in their large numbers, trouped out in protest, faulted the claims by the state government that the community seats on Kaduna Polytechnic land and that affected land­lords are there illegally.
In a press statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Gbagyi Villa Community, Chris Obo­dumu and National Co-oordinator, Nasiru Jag­aba, though the people acknowledged the con­flict of interest between Kaduna Polytechnic and Gbagyi community, they said the matter was ami­cably resolved.
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“The parcel of land in question has been a source of dispute be­tween the native Gbagyi people and the polytech­nic because the ancestral owners were not duly paid to enable the trans­fer of ownership from Gbagyi People to Kaduna Polytechnic.
“However, the erst­while government of late Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, after due process through the court, inaugurated a while paper committee in May 2011 which looked into the matter and ami­cably demarcated the boundary between the two parties

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