The Kano State government has ordered the immediate demolition of an illegal building at the popular Sheikh Nasiru Kabara House.
The investigation conducted revealed that on Monday night, the State government had demolished the purported controversial building before issuing a press statement to the effect.
The state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday, gave an order after investigation revealed that no official approval was ever given for the structure on the land belonging to the Kano State Emirate Council.
Managing Director, Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Hon. Baffa Babba Ɗan’agundi who doubles as the chairman committee on the removal of Illegal structures made the announcement on the order given by the state government in a statement signed by the KAROTA Public Relation Officer (PRO) Comrade Nabilusi Abubakar.
While quoting the agency MD, the statement reads: “I wish to inform the public that against earlier speculations, neither the state government nor the Emirate Council gave the permit.”
Hon. Ɗan’agundi stated further that “It is important for the public to know that the illegal building had led to suspicion between the state government and the Emirate which all thought the other party was behind it.
He then disclosed that after a thorough investigation, it was discovered that some greedy and self-centered persons who only cared about their interests were behind it.
While further investigations are ongoing, Governor Ganduje has ordered complete demolition, fencing and installation of recreational facilities for children while the remaining space used for zikir by the Kadariyya sect will also be well fenced.
The Governor has also directed for 24/7 security presence in the area to protect children in the play ground, parents and guardians against all forms of crimes.
The committee also warns that those who engage in erecting illegal structures in the state must henceforth desist from such as the government has resolved to prosecute anyone caught violating state laws regarding acquiring land and building.
It was gathered that there was a Kano High Court order restraining the demolition of the building issued by Justice Rabiu Sadiq.
The matter before the court was scheduled for August 1st 2022, but due to a public holiday granted by the state government the matter was heard on Tuesday and the court adjourned sitting till October 4th.
According to the owner of the building, the land was leased to him by Kano Emirate that owns the land.