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Residents sue El-Rufai over planned demolition of houses

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Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai


• More incompetent teachers to be sacked, Kaduna govt declaresOVER 192 residents of Zaria, in Kaduna State, have sued Governor Nasir El-Rufai over threat to demolish their houses.

Counsel to the aggrieved parties, Bello Ibrahim, alleged that the government trespassed on the property in contention.He said the houses are located in Nasarawa, also known as Bayan Library, in Zaria Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement of claims, he said: “The plaintiffs are the owners of the respective houses, including the residences and development of land and landed property within the larger subject of this suit. This is situated immediately behind the library and fire service office.

“It stretches down to the stream by Kaduna Road, extending round the edges of the stream land (Fadama land) from South western direction to the north eastern direction. “This is through the edges of Magume area, up to the bordering of the Barau Dikko Hall of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) in Tudun Wada, Zaria.”He averred that the land terminates at Kofar Doka,

Zaria, opposite the round about from the western direction, which is an area of 14.2 hectares, upon which the plaintiffs had built various houses and residences and a community Mosque since 1978.

The statement further stated that the plaintiffs are entitled to payment of N50 million, as general damages for the trespass by the defendants.He added that the plaintiffs’ respective houses, residences and development of landed property within the larger subject of the suit, had been marked with red paint.

These markings, he added, was preparatory to their demolition.Justice Muhammdu Manir Ladan, of the state High Court at Dogarawa, Zaria has adjourned the case.

Meanwhile, the incompetent among the newly recruited teachers in Kaduna State might still be sacked.The Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), Nasiru Umar, disclosed this yesterday.He said the decision became necessary following the discovery that some of them might have bribed their way through the recruitment process.

El-rufai had recently at a roundtable in Abuja, disclosed that some of the applicants could not write their acceptance letter, when ordered to do so.Umar explained that the essence of writing the letter in the presence of the panel was to remove those who might have passed through the back door.

“The letters offered to them were probationary and could be terminated at any time, as it was clearly stated in the offer.“Even if they scale through, we are going to fish them out from the classrooms,” he said.Although he didn’t give details about the number of teachers involved, he said he would get the details from the Education Management Information System (EMIS).


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