By Wole Mosadomi
Minna – Niger State government has commenced demolition of the community occupied by the Darul-Islam religious sect in Masha village, Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that a bulldozer with armed police including government officials moved to the enclave last Thursday and demolition of the buildings started immediately.
Some of the buildings with grasses as roofs were the first target as they were all brought down and leveled while the ones with iron roofing sheet were spared temporarily for the iron sheetsÂ to be neatly removed before the demolition.
Carpenters were immediately engaged from the nearest community for the removal before the buildings will be leveled.
As at the time of going to press, the demolition of the buildings in the enclave hadÂ almost gone half way and it was reliably gathered that all the buildings still standing will give way immediately the roofs and other valuables are removed.
However, their farmlands and other economic trees have been acquired by the state government having paid compensations to cover their losses and they were, therefore, not destroyed.
The state Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, who is also chairman of resettlement of the sect, Dr. Ibrahim B. Sule, told journalists that all the members have been adequately compensated.