The Gbagyi natives of Nyanya – Gbagyi in Karu Local Government area of Nasarawa State on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest over the demolition of their houses.
Besides, the aggrieved natives also protested against the seizure of their ancestral land located at Nayanya – Gwandara by the Nasarawa State Urban Development Board.
The protesters, who converted at the site of the demolition exercise had placards with various inscriptions like gun-wielding; Gov AA Sule, Leave Our Land ; Stop Invasion and Unlawful Demolition of Our Houses.
Dauda Shazhimi Danjuma the spokesperson of the protesting community
Speaking on behalf of the protesting group said the protest by the natives was at the instance of demolition of some of their houses and seizure of their ancestral land by the state government.
He said officials of the Nasarawa State Urban Development Board invaded the community with bulldozers and armed policemen and pulled down over 30 houses, which he said belonged to natives of the area.
He alleged that over 200 hectares of their ancestral land, which he said belonged to Iyakoji family of Nyanya Gbagyi have been forcefully acquired by the state government.
He explained that the action run afoul of a high court order restraining them from invasion and trespassing into the land.
He.lamented that despite the legal restrictions, officials of the state development control still went ahead to pull down some houses.
” There was a court judgement, which we have a copy that restrained the state government from invading and trespassing into our ancestral land,”
Shazhimi said despite giving out 100 hectares of land to the state government the officials of the development control still went ahead to demolish their houses.
Mrs Faith Solomon, a victim, mother of four and widow wept without control lament as her house was pulled down.
Mrs. Solomon, in tears, said she built the house after her husband died some years ago but was shocked to receive a phone call that her house has been pulled down.
She lamented how her children were thrown out and rendered homeless by gun-wielding security operatives.