A building belonging to the member of the Bauchi Federal Constituency in the House of Reps, Honourable Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, has been demolished by individuals suspected to be Bauchi State government officials.
According to sources, the building, located in the GRA area of Bauchi metropolis, was demolished at around 1:00 a.m. on the order of the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.
In response to the demolition, Abdullahi, who was recently suspended as Wakilin Birni by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, claimed that his property was demolished on Governor Mohammed’s orders without due process.
The federal lawmaker, who defected from the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) last year, claimed that the government claimed the building was built on the side of the road.
He claimed that he was being persecuted by the governor because he is a member of the APC, and that the building was demolished without compensation from the government.
“My house was not on the roadside and it did not block the road, but to my surprise, the governor issued an order to demolish my house as soon as he arrived in the state yesterday. I built the house many years ago.
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“The demolition was carried out because I am an APC member.”
I purchased the land from a former state Head of Service and then followed all necessary procedures, including registering it with the state Ministry of Lands, where he paid N360,000.
“I did not purchase the land from the state government; rather, I purchased it from the former Head of Service during the tenure of former governor Mohammed Abubakar Abdullahi approximately two years ago.
“I followed all of the proper procedures for acquiring ownership of the property. In addition, I registered the land with the Bauchi State Ministry of Lands. I paid N360,000 for registration before beginning to build on it, but today they said the house is not mine; how is that possible?” he stated
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The Reps member stated that the government was supposed to have obtained a court order ordering the demolition of his house, which should have been properly served on him and compensated before the demolition could take place
“Even if they want to demolish my house, they should have done it properly by sending me a letter from the court ordering me to leave the house after they may have paid compensation.
“But no, they just came in with a bulldozer and started demolishing.” They paid the owners compensation before demolishing houses in town to build new roads, but I am treated this way because I am a member of APC.”
Abdullahi argued that even if the state government wanted to use the land to build a hospital, they should do the right thing.
He was not opposed to the government providing infrastructure for the people, saying, “I also want the government to do something good in the state, but they should do it correctly.”
Attempts to reach government officials for comment on the development were futile, as those contacted were unwilling to comment.
Calls to the phone number of the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Mohammed on Media and Communications, Muktar Gidado, were not being answered, and he did not respond to SMS and WhatsApp messages.