El Rufai to demolish 40 ‘Illegal’ churches

Governor Nasir El Rufai has restated his administration’s resolve to demolish about 3500 houses around the Kaduna State Polytechnic.

According to El Rufai, “These buildings would have to go.

“We do not condole illegality in this state and you cannot hide behind your religion or tribe to break the law and get away with it.

“Unfortunately, as things stand today, according to the Rector, nearly 70% of the land has been encroached upon by illegal squatters.

“We will go through the process.

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“We will give everybody the process to ensure that he or she has title to the land and permission to build.

“If you don’t have the two, the law will apply and we will take the building down.

“It is not only the polytechnic would have benefited, but Kaduna State and the country.

“It is unfortunate that some people have been deceived into thinking that this land is available for sale.

“We are going to investigate all those involved in this deception and they will be dealt with.

The buildings slated for demolition has over 3,500 houses and more than 10,000 residents.

The State Government frowned at what it described as illegal takeover of lands earmarked as a Mining Engineering School and College of Environmental Studies of the polytechnic.

El-Rufai has insisted that there is no going back on the planned demolition of the houses in Gbagyi Villa community.

Recall that the Kaduna State Urban and Property Development Agency , KASUPDA, had on 4 February, 2016, issued a 21 days’ notice for demolition.

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The notice expired on 25 February.

The community has protested the planned demolition.

El-Rufai stated that the community has “No fewer than 3,000 fully developed modern housing units, 40 churches and about 12 schools and 35,000 inhabitants.”

He also expressed remorse that thousands of residents would lose investments and savings for building illegally.