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Kano Governor Demolishes Structures on Government Land Sold by Ganduje

The governor had also on Friday directed “that all land developers at the Hajj Camp stop immediately.”

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, popularly known as Abba Gida-Gida, on Saturday commenced the demolition of buildings on government lands sold by the immediate past administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The structures were believed to be illegally erected on properties belonging to the state government.
THISDAY gathered that on late Friday night, a task force set up by the governor began the demolition of structures built inside the Kano Race Course (Filin Sukuwa).

The new Kano governor, Abba Yusuf, was present during the demolition.
The governor was led to the demolition exercise by the police commissioner, Muhammed Gumel.
The governor had also on Friday directed “that all land developers at the Hajj Camp stop immediately.”
He said this during a visit to the Kano State Pilgrims Camp to see its condition.
“I’m appalled that the facility that was meant to serve as a home away from home for intending pilgrims from Kano State and beyond has been debased by the immediate past administration, with many plots of land there sold to their cronies,” he said.
Recall that Abba Gida-Gida had in his inaugural speech last Monday gave a marching order to security agencies in the state to immediately take over all public properties sold by Ganduje’s administration.

“I am announcing, today, that all these public places and assets that were immorally plundered and sold by the Ganduje’s administration should be taken over by law enforcement agencies, led by the police, the DSS, Civil Defence, and Hisbah pending the final decision of the government.
“These places are meant for public utilisation, it is therefore, disheartening to witness the incessant destruction and conversion of public places that are used to render social services by unpatriotic citizens. We shall bring an end to land grabbing and indiscriminate erection of illegal structures in the state,” he said.

Some of the properties the governor was referring to include “lands in and around schools, religious and cultural sites, hospitals and clinics, graveyards, and green areas, and along the city wall of Kano”, as well as other landed properties and assets belonging to Kano State within and outside the state to their cronies and agents.”
He announced that a judicial commission of inquiry would be empaneled in the coming days “to ensure that all perpetrators and those that aided and abetted them are brought to justice.”

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