Protesters Storm Kaduna NUJ Secretariat, Begs Government against Planned Demolition

The State Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) was the scene of a melodrama today as protesters, largely women and children, loaded in vehicles in thousands loaded stormed the Secretariat to protest against the planned demolition of their homes by the Kaduna State Government. Many were cited crying profusely and uncontrollably, fearing their worsening condition is about to ‎be aggravated if the authorities go ahead with the scheduled demolition.

According to one of the protesters over 300 hundred houses located behind the State Library, Kofan Doka in Zaria Local Government Area of the state have been marked for demolition within the next two weeks by the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development‎ Authority (KASUPDA), noting that some of the houses marked for demolition were built over 20 years before the state library was built.

They, therefore, pleaded with the state government to tamper justice with tender mercy, adding that they voted for change and not demolition or making them poorer than they are, with some even regretting voting for Rufai.

According to the protesters they were only served a three weeks’ notice to evacuate their belongings and vacate the said land, with only two weeks left.

The agency recently sacked a community behind the Alhudahuda College, Zaria, when all the houses in the area were demolished, while planned demolition of another community, Kofar Kibo, was stopped by a state High Court.
Nasarawan Kofar Doka is the third community that the agency has earmarked for demolition. The women and their teenage sons and daughters trooped out as early as 6am to protest the plan.

It will be recall that the Governor Rufai has several times promised to recover all the school and hospital lands acquired by individuals or organizations.

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