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Kaduna Demolition Exercise: El-Rufai Reverses Decision, Says We’ll Pay Those With Genuine Papers

By Mohammad Ibrahim and Bello Adisa

Kaduna (Nigeria) – Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria, has made a u-turn on his earlier stance not to compensate land owners [whose property he demolished] on public schools and hospitals in his ‘government land recovery’ exercise.

The state government had already demolished about 93 houses in Alhudahuda College Zaria – the action that attracted widespread criticism. [read the story here]

Already some groups have taken the state government to court for the demolition exercise and the decision of the government not to compensate them.

El-Rufai announced the reversal while addressing a group, comprising members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Market Association and Students, who visited him in solidarity with the demolition exercise.

He addressed the group in hausa, “Those who built their houses close to students classrooms or hospitals, no matter how much it will cost us, we will compensate them to get back our lands,” he said.

The statement is a sharp turn from his earlier position that his administration will not compensate land owners on public institutions.

The Governor said, he began the land recovery from Alhudahuda college Zaria because most of the land owners there do not have certificate of occupancy.

“We are only recovering public schools, hospitals land for the benefit of our children and grand children in the state.

“Our public schools and hospitals were built to benefit the less privileged, therefore, we will not allow some selfish individuals to take over these lands.

“Why we commenced demolition exercise from Alhudahuda college was because majority of those who built houses within the college premises did not have papers and so their houses were demolished,” He said.

Members of the visiting group were wearing T-shirt with inscriptions in hausa meaning “Demolish and Develop” others carry placards that reads “Kaduna State Market Association support public land reclaims.

The land titles in question were sold to citizens by previous administrations in the state under a government programme called ‘carve-out’ policy.


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  1. Yakubu Ibrahim Sidi Makarfi says

    He is tempering justice with mercy

  2. Stephen Bameyi says

    Pay everybody ply oga

  3. Abey Olomosaye Stev says

    I’m sure this man called El-rufai must be possessed with the spirit of demolism.

  4. Garba Attahiru says

    How can you compensate what that was not valued at the first instance before the demolition ?.

  5. Johnson Andrew says

    He had always maintained that those with C of O will be compensated.
    Till date none had come forward with such claim.

  6. Emeka Alvan Orakwue says

    The only thing that man knows is destruction

  7. Ishaku Paiko says

    Reasoned & sympathetic. Abin da Allah ke so kenan. Tunani da Tausayi

  8. Khalid Ibrahim Saminaka says

    We support el rufai 2019 insha allah

  9. Tanko Dada says

    A good thing that a wise counsel had prevail over the matter,as two wrongs do not make things right

  10. Modi Ephraim says

    Vissionlessness and confused policy.

  11. Aliyu Muhammad says

    I believe these touts are sponsored by elrufai,to come and demostrate,nothing is new in nigeria,during gej he hired massob and opc to call for jega resignation.Believe if there houses are not in the government land and they are marked for demolition as it is in kofar kibo case,would they be happy and called him to continue?,a word is enough for a wise.

    1. Habiba Anavami Abdulmalik says

      How can any reasonable person build house in d school & hopital premises? Anyaway, am nt suprise cus u peo value health & edu.

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