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.
“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