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Lawmaker raises alarm as Bauchi govt demolish his house

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A constructing belonging to the member representing Bauchi Federal Constituency within the Home of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, was within the early hours of Saturday demolished by individuals suspected to be officers of the Bauchi State authorities.

DAILY POST learnt that the constructing, positioned on the GRA space of Bauchi metropolis, was demolished at about 1:00 am allegedly on the order of the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.

Reacting to the demolition, Abdullahi, who was just lately suspended by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, as Wakilin Birni, alleged that his property was demolished on the instruction of Governor Mohammed with out following due course of.

The federal lawmaker, who final yr defected from the Peoples Redemption Occasion (PRP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that authorities’s declare that the constructing was sited by the roadside was false.

He alleged that he was being victimised by the governor as a result of he (Abdullahi) belongs to the APC, submitting that the constructing was demolished with out being paid any compensation by the federal government.

“My home was not on the roadside; it didn’t didn’t block street, however the governor gave an order to demolish my home instantly he arrived into the state yesterday (Friday). I constructed the home a very long time in the past,” the lawmaker cried out.

In keeping with him, “it (demolition) was carried out as a result of I’m a member of the APC. That’s the reason I’m handled that approach.”

Abdullahi knowledgeable that he purchased the land on which he constructed the demolished home from a former Head of Service within the state and subsequently adopted all obligatory procedures, together with registering it with the state Ministry of Lands, the place he paid the sum of N360,000.

“I didn’t purchase the land from the state authorities moderately I purchased it from the previous Head of Service throughout the tenure of former governor Mohammed Abubakar Abdullahi about two years in the past.

“I adopted all due course of for proudly owning the place. I additionally registered the land by way of the Bauchi State Ministry of Lands. I did registration for N360,000 earlier than beginning to construct on it. However at present they stated the home isn’t mine, how?”

The Reps member submitted that authorities should have gotten a court docket order ordering the demolition of his home, which ought to be correctly served on him and be compensated earlier than finishing up the demolition.

“Even when they need to demolish my home, they need to have accomplished it in a great way by giving me a letter from court docket ordering me to maneuver out of the home after they could have paid compensation.

“However no, they only got here with bulldozer and began demolishing. Earlier than they demolished homes on the town to assemble new roads, they paid the house owners compensation however as a result of I’m a member of APC that was why I’m handled this manner.”

Abdullahi submitted that even when the state authorities needed to make use of the land to construct a hospital because it claimed, “they need to do the fitting factor.”

In keeping with him, he was not towards authorities offering infrastructure for the folks, saying that, “I additionally need the federal government to do one thing good within the state however they need to do it in a proper approach.”

Efforts made to get authorities officers to react to the event proved abortive as these contacted weren’t able to touch upon the difficulty.

Additionally, calls put by way of to the phone line of the Senior Particular Adviser to Governor Mohammed on Media and Communications, Muktar Gidado, weren’t going by way of, whereas he didn’t reply to each SMS and WhatsApp message despatched to him as of the time of submitting this report.

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