The crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, took a turn for the worse on Tuesday, as the state Urban Planning and Development Agency, in company of heavily armed military and police men demolished Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi’s property, a one-storey building, located along Sambo Road in Ungwar Rimi.
The house was donated to APC in the state by Senator Hunkuyi. The property serves as the headquarters of a faction of the party in the state which the senator representing Kaduna North and Senator Shehu Sani belong to. Last week the group suspended Mallam El-Rufai.
The news of the demolition was broken by the victim in a tweet via his twitter handle, @HunkuyiSuleiman. He wrote: “In the early hours of today, the @GovKaduna Mallam @elrufai personally drove a bulldozer accompanied by armored tanks to destroy my house at 11B Sambo Road. This is a new low and fighting dirty with such low level of pettiness is indeed unprecedented in Kaduna State.”
The Director General of Kaduna Geographic Information Services, KADGIS, Ibrahim Husseini confirmed the demolition in a statement he released where he defended the government’s action.
The statement reads, “The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KAPSUDA) is currently undertaking operations across Kaduna metropolis in compliance with its mandate. In partnership with sister agencies, KASUPDA is clearing illegal structures, tackling street hawking and restoring order across Kaduna.
“This morning, (yesterday) a building on 11B Sambo Close was removed for flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010. This illegal violation of use had begun to distress neighbours who were being forced to endure an influx of thugs and blockage of the road.
“The Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) issued a revocation notice of statutory right of occupancy No. KD. 16712 that covers 11b Sambo Close in the Ungwan Rimi area. The appropriate notice of revocation was delivered at 28 Inuwa Wada Road, the registered address of the company that held the title to the property. The notice was also delivered to the building in question and sent by post to the registered address of the previous title holder.
“The land has now been allocated to KASUPDA for the purpose of developing and maintaining a public park that will provide a green area and a serene place for recreation in that residential neighbourhood.
“KADGIS wishes to remind all title owners to be fastidious in complying with the terms of their allocation. The purpose of allocation of land cannot be wilfully altered; neither can title holders lawfully neglect to pay their ground rents.
“Since 2016, the government has been taking action on various land-related matters, including revoking all undeveloped land titles in the state and directed that all abandoned buildings be developed within three months of the notice.
“The Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), as the government agency charged with ultimate responsibility on land matters in Kaduna State, calls for the utmost cooperation by the public with all our agencies.”