Wed. Oct 28th, 2020

Kano govt demolishes hajj camp housing estate

Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu

The Kano State Government is demolishing Hajj Camp Housing Estate Located at Fagge Local Government Area, in Kano’s Metropolis to give way for the construction of modern Hajj Camp.

Residents of the area, shading tears lamented that they were given a verbal notice on Friday’s night and the demolition commenced on Saturday’s morning.

One of the residents show a Court summon said a Court fixed 29th September, 2020 for hearing of the case, however, the government went ahead and demolished the buildings and destroying residents’ properties.

He said the matter is before a court of law.

Females residents who spoke to HajjReporter, shading tears said the estate belonged to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and was constructed for over 40 years ago.

“We’re calling on Hassan Zikirullah, the chairman, National Hajj Commission to come to our aide as the matter is still before the State’s House of Assembly and in court but security personnel came and started demolishing our properties mercilessly.

However, The Managing Director of KAROTA, Alhaji Baffa Babba Danagundi-led taskforce team speaks who spoke with some Journalist said “for the last three years, government issued a notice to the occupants of the houses who were tenants, but remained adamant.

Danagundi stated that in an effort to ease the pains of the people affected, government supported each tenant that has been drawn out of the house with a gesture of one hundred thousand naira each.

Another resident, a government Official, show HajjReporter, a copy of court summon, he lamented that the government went ahead and demolished the structure before the court hearing.

“We were given a verbal notice on Friday’s night, this we think, will not happen because the matter is before a court of law. This is the most terrible situation in my life, I have sent my wife and kids to her father’s home pending when I got a house, the official said.

Another resident, Bilkisu Inuwa, said ” we were staying here since from the administration of former governor Abubakar Rimi, however, in a scenario more of day dreaming, I saw KAROTA officials and other government agents are removing my house ruffing.

It could be recalled that sometime last year, the Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board took the matter to the court, seeking the court to eject the occupants from their houses.

But, later both the parties agreed to settle the matter amicably out of court.



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