By Patience Ogbodo
BAUCHI â€” NO fewer than 500 people in Fadamar Jaji in Bauchi metropolis, Bauchi State have been rendered home-less as the state government demolished over 50 houses.
The demolition has brought tears and sorrow to the victims who lamented bitterly that the government has been unfair to them.
One of the victims who openly wept lamented that, â€œI have spent over N1.3 million to erect my structure and now it has been demolished. This govern-ment has really cheated us.â€
The victims, who went to the Ministry of Lands and Survey to register their grievances, were full of harsh words for the government as they found it hard to control their emotions.
Mohammed Hamisu Musa, whose house was partly demolished, said he found the governmentâ€™s action not only appalling but insensi-tive. â€œWe are in a democracy. I never expected this kind of thing to happen in this dispensation. Nobody informed us that our houses would be demolished,â€ he said.
He added, â€œI was just informed Thursday last week that government was planning to come and destroy our houses. I was surprised because I did not know why.â€
He appealed to the the state government to have a rethink on the decision to demolish the houses, most of which were owned by the poor masses blaming the government officials who approved the sale of the lands in the area and subsequent erection of structures.
Mohammed, who is the head of a 15-member family, said when he first came to the area in 2008 to acquire the land on which he later built his four-bedroom house, no body informed him that the area was illegal to build on.
â€œI bought the land from agents and later got my C of O from Ministry of Lands and Survey. My building plan was approved by govern-ment authority.
When I was building my house, no one asked me to stop until I completed the house and started living in it. I have all the documents relating to the property demolished,â€ he said.
Mohammed Bulkacuwa of the department of Estate Management of Abubkar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, is a victim.