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ABU condemns encroachment of land by Kaduna state govt

Ahmadu Bello University’s College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Mando, Kaduna has raised alarm over alleged encroachment of its land by the Kaduna State Government despite a court order.

Provost of the College, Dr Hassan Hamidu raised the alarm while addressing a press conference on behalf of the University in Kaduna.

Dr Hamidu criticised the alleged action of the Kaduna State government, saying it has exposed the school to serious security threats.

He said despite a court order dated January 18, 2022, restraining Kaduna State Government and its agencies from encroaching on the College land, the agencies have moved in and demolished the school fence and started clearing its land.

According to the Order signed by the Registrar of the Kaduna State High Court, Zaria Division, Jafaru Ibrahim, the order shall subsist pending the determination of the Motion on Notice already filed along with the Writs of Summons and Statement of Claim.

The ABU provost insisted that the demolition of the fence by agencies of the Kaduna State Government has exposed the College, Staff and Students to “security threats”, considering the rampant kidnappings and Banditry in the axis.

He described the action of the state government as a “desperate act” aimed at taking over the College’s landed properties.

“In 2012, a committee headed by the then Comptroller Works and Housing was set up to demarcate the land between the College of Agriculture and Federal Ministry of Agriculture. While submitting its reports in 2014, the committee advised the Mando College to fence its own entire boundary to prevent further encroachment, which was duly carried out and has been serving as a grazing area for the college’s livestock,” Dr Hamidu recounted.

He however said that despite the fencing, attempts were made to take the land from the college.

Our correspondent reports that when Journalists were taken on a tour of the property, Bulldozers were seen pulling down the fence and clearing the area.

When contacted, Director-General of KADGIS, Altine Jibrin declined to comment, saying the matter is still in court.

Mrs Jibrin also failed to respond to questions posed by journalists concerning the bulldozers that were seen at the site, only saying that the agency “does not operate with bulldozers”.

Reporting by Adamu Yusuf; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor