The demolished house belonging to member Reps was awarded to the Bauchi Assembly as a guest house – State Government

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The Bauchi State Government on Monday clarified allegations of victimization of the member representing the Federal Constituency of Bauchi in the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, resulting in the demolition of his house in Old GRA, Bauchi.

The controversial building, located at 7 Buba Yero Road, Old GRA, in the state capital, was demolished on October 1, 2021 by state government officials, a development according to Abdullahi resulting from his political disputes with the governor of the state. , Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.

According to him, “The (demolition) was carried out because I am a member of the CPA. This is why I am treated this way.

Abdullahi informed that he bought the land on which he built the demolished house from a former head of state service and subsequently followed all the necessary procedures, including registration with the Land Ministry of the State, where he had paid the sum of 360,000 N.

However, while briefing the press on the controversy surrounding the demolition, the governor’s special media and publicity adviser, Mukhtar Mohammed Gidado, said the contending property had been awarded to the Bauchi National Assembly to serve as the home of hosts on June 23. 2014.

The governor’s media assistant informed that the property was part of what are known as Commissioners’ Quarters exempt from existing government policy which allowed the sale of some of its residential homes to their occupants on an owner-occupant basis subject to the governor’s approval.

He said that despite being exempt from being sold on an owner-occupant basis, the then works, land and housing commissioner under the previous administration, Abubakar Tatari Ali, had attributed the house using the fictitious name of a certain Mohammed Kabir from Danjuma Goje Street. , Bauchi.

“The house was then sold to Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, the member representing Bauchi’s local government in the House of Representatives for nine million naira (N 9,000,000.00),” Gidado informed.

He informed that despite the violation of the existing policy, there was no record, neither in the public treasury nor in the Ministry of Housing, indicating that the 9 million naira had been paid into the government coffers, while the whole process of the alleged sale of the house had not followed. due process.

“Following the alleged sale of the house to the Hon. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, the State Assembly House, wrote to inform the government on 10/28/2019 of the development as the house had been previously assigned to them to serve as a guesthouse.

“Therefore, the government officially asked the Hon. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi to provide him with documentary evidence of the sale of the house, which so far has not required the state government to provide the documents.

“The state judiciary also wrote on February 17, 2021 to inform the government that the house was being used as a hideout by criminal elements. These criminal elements terrorize the inhabitants of neighboring houses.

“Upon receipt of the reports from the National Assembly and the judiciary, the government asked its relevant agencies to investigate the case. During the investigation, it was discovered that the Hon. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi had demolished the main building of the property and started construction of a new structure at the site.

“A notice of revocation has been served on the Hon. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi on September 21 and 23, 2021 regarding the occupancy certificate fraudulently granting him ownership of the property by the then works, land and housing commissioner, Abubakar Tatari Ali. The notice of revocation has been duly acknowledged.

“Despite the revocation order, the Hon. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi continued construction work on the site. Therefore, the State Development Council marked the building with a “stop-work order” on September 27, 2021, which it blatantly refused to comply with, ”Gidado explained.

He said the Secretary of State Government (SSG) led a team of government officials to the site on September 29, 2021 to confirm the development.

“Arriving at the site, the team confirmed the construction works and were confronted by a certain Ibrahim Ago who threatened fire and brimstone, insulted and threatened the officials. “

According to the SSA, the situation led to an emergency meeting of the security committee, chaired by the SSG, who briefed the meeting, on the development.

According to Gidado, the police commissioner attended the meeting; the commander of the 33rd artillery brigade; DSS Director; Commander of the National Security and Civil Defense Corps; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; Commissioner of Lands and Surveys; Works and Transport Commissioner and Special Safety Advisor.

He said the meeting ruled that the state police command therefore it was decided that he should provide security support for the demolition exercise, while the justice commissioner should provide heads of state security services copies of relevant documents relating to the case and to file a criminal complaint against said Ibrahim Ago.

“In accordance with the Security Committee’s resolution, a team was dispatched by the state government on 9/30/2021 to demolish the illegal structure.

“Upon arriving at the site, the team was confronted with thugs hired by the Hon. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi and headed by said Ibrahim Ago. The thugs fired on the team who had to withdraw to avoid casualties.

“On October 1, 2021, the government again filed a complaint with the police about the presence and activities of heavily armed thugs at the site just behind government headquarters. Later that evening, the illegal structure was demolished by the state government, ”revealed Gidado.

He then assured that the state government was “up to its responsibility to ensure safety, security and respect for the rule of law”.

Gidado, however, warned that the government would not allow anyone no matter how high up to compromise its standard, saying that “those who seek to dare the government do so at their peril.”

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