Member representing Bauchi federal constituency in the National Assembly, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi has described the action of the state government for demolishing his house as against the rule of law and dereliction of its responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens.
The house of representatives member,Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi spoke through his secretary, Ukkasha Hamza Rahama.
He wondered how agents of the government caused grievous injury to the security guards of the property in question without any provocation in a desperate attempt to illegally demolish his landed property, saying the action further confirmed that Bauchi state government does not value the sanctity of human live created by Almighty Allah.
It could be recalled that the Bauchi state government through its agents on the night of October 1, 2021 unlawfully demolished Yakubu Abdullahi House at No.7 Buba Yero road without Court Order, and in the presence of SSA Security to the governor.
He said, “It is unfortunate and disheartening that the Bauchi State Government instead of burying its head in shame for unlawfully demolishing the building of Hon. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi on the 1st October, 2021 in the night without Court Order, and in the presence of SSA Security, after being fully aware that the matter is pending before a court of law in the High Court of Bauchi State”.
That the action of the state government according to him was coming after federal law maker filed a Court case against Bauchi State Government, Attorney General of Bauchi State, State Ministry of Land and Survey, and State Urban Development Board.
He stressed that he owned the property through purchase from the original owner, as a deed of assignment was prepared between the original owner and him and duly registered after Bauchi state government approved and consent to assigned the property to him.
He pointed out that “The building construction on property covered by Certificate of Occupancy No. BA/39705 was not an illegal construction. The Bauchi State Government granted approval to him, to erect the structures and in line with the Bauchi State Government approval that he commenced construction on his plot of land at No. 7 Buba Yero Road, old GRA, Bauchi”.
Abdullahi said he had before commencing building on the land, had his building proposal approved by the State Urban Development Board, as the building plan was also approved by the same board sometime in 2018 while the amended building proposal was approved on the 22nd October, 2020 and all the necessary fees paid.
He further revealed that it was the Bauchi State Government that processed and issued Certificate of Occupancy in the name of the original owner, it was same government that gave consent for the assignment of the property to him and also gave approval to build his residential house on the property within 3 years.
He also debunked the claim that the house in question, No. 7 Buba Yero, old GRA, Bauchi is exempted from the policy of owner-occupier basis, and attributed the state government’s action to political differences.
He concluded that, Bauchi State Government after collecting a huge sum of money from him for registration of title documents with the land registry which he paid for obtaining building approval from Bauchi State Government as well as spending millions of naira in raising the structure, the Bauchi State Government has done what can be termed as robbery”.