The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that there is no going back on the planned demolition of the houses in Gbagyi Villa community, saying residents encroached on the land belonging to the Kaduna Polytechnic, a federal government institution.
The governor, during a visit to the community of over 3,500 houses and about 10,000 residents said they took over what was earlier earmarked as a Mining Engineering School and College of Environmental Studies of the polytechnic.
El-rufai, speaking on the benefits that would have accrued to the state and the country, stated: “It is not only the polytechnic would have benefited, but Kaduna State and the country,” adding: “Unfortunately, as things stand today, according to the Rector, nearly 70
per cent of the land has been encroached upon by illegal squatters.
“These buildings would have to go. We do not condole illegality in this state and you cannot hide behind your religion or tribe to
break the law and get away with it.
“We will go through the process; we will give everybody the process to ensure that he or she has title to the land and permission to build.
If you don’t have the two, the law will apply and we will take the building down.
“It is unfortunate that some people have been deceived into thinking that this land is available for sale. We are going to investigate all those involved in this deception and they will be dealt with.”
El-Rufai stated that the law would prevail and ignorance of the law is not an excuse, expressing regret that many thousand would lose investments and savings for building illegally.