The Kano state government, Umar Ganduje, confiscated and demolished a property worth N250million belonging to the emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that said its investigation with the Kano Focus newspapers revealed that the property, located on Ibrahim Dabo Road, was demolished to pave the overpass and ongoing underpass that are being built in the Dangi roundabout area .
The demolition of structures inside the earth and the fence was supervised by the Commissioner of Works, Engineer Muaz Magaji, on Friday, November 15, 2019, days before the Kano High Court chaired by Judge Usman Na’abba annulled the law that created new emirates. and emirs in Kano.
In anonymity, some officials of the Ministry of Land, revealed that Emir Sanusi bought the land of 1.2 hectares in 2010 at a cost of N200million.
They added that the land was recently valued at N250million at a commercial rate, but the state government insisted that the payment be made according to the legal rate of the land.
Sanusi’s chief of staff, Munir Sanusi, declined to comment. He explained that the monarch had not given him authorization to discuss the matter. In his reaction, the commissioner claimed that the Kano government had paid compensation to the emir.
“I can tell you that he received the alert. For eight months, this problem has paralyzed the project, and this project is of public interest. We even expected the Emir to give us free land to continue the work, ”said Magaji.
“But as he did not give it to us, we decided to hire the service of appraisers who valued it according to the legal land rate because the government does not make commercial purchases.”
The commissioner also confirmed that he personally mounted the D9 grade excavator to tear down these structures. But sources say the legal land rate that the government paid to Sanusi was a miserable N4million.
Meanwhile, Malam Muazu Shuaibu, secretary general of the Islamic Foundation, an NGO that owns a portion of the land that houses the stores affected by the bridge project, accused the Kano government of seizing their land without due compensation.
He explained that the stores were rented to developers in a Build Operate and Transfer, BOT agreement for a period of 20 years in order to generate funds to maintain the Umar Bin Khattab Mosque.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Shuaibu said: “They sent appraisers to make an assessment on what amount to give each alote. But we told you that you cannot proceed with the demolition until payments have been made to the beneficiaries.
“So, they asked us to resend our account numbers, but we said no, we cannot forward account numbers until they give the figures they would pay to each beneficiary.
“After such a delay, government officials then sent the figures we shared with our developers before finally sending the account numbers and government officials asked us to wait for the payment.
“I contacted the developers to find out if any of them had received an alert, but everyone said they had not received alerts.
“In less than 24 hours, the commissioner came personally and began to demolish part of the stores and then asked the thugs to take everything they wanted as loot, claiming they had paid compensation.”