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Nasarawa community protest ‘illegal’ demolition of houses by Dangote Group

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PEOPLE of Akoh community in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have protested the illegal demolition of their houses and economic trees by the Dangote Group of companies.

Akoh, a Tiv settlement area located along Awe-Tunga-Benue border road with a population of about three hundred persons has allegedly been sacked to pave way for the proposed Dangote Sugar factory in Tunga area of the locality.

Nigerian Pilot learnt that officials of the company allegedly invaded the community with bulldozers, destroying houses, food crops and economic trees, among other valuables worth millions of naira on the claim that the land has been bought by the company for its sugar refinery.

Honourable Francis Yua, a former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Tanko Al-Makura, who also hails from the affected community, described the action of the company as illegal as they were not informed by anybody about the alleged sales of their land.

He pointed out that even if the community had been contacted about it, the right thing was for the company to follow due process by paying the necessary compensation before acquiring the land as stipulated by the law, calling on the state government to look into the matter with a view to addressing what he described as inhuman action of the company against the community.

The Akoh community leader, Zaki Mchianan Aliebo, told journalists that the men invaded the community recently with bulldozers, pulling down houses and economic trees even as the community had not been informed about a company acquiring its land.

“I was in a nearby farm when one of my children ran to inform me about the invasion of my community and quickly left the farm to go and see that was happening”

“On getting there I saw some people in bulldozers pulling down houses and mango trees and when I asked to know why they were doing so, one of them said the land had been bought over by Dangote company”

“But as the leader of this community I have never for once been contacted by anybody to sell my land to him/her. We are calling on government to come to our aid. This is inhuman”.

When contacted, the Community Relations Manager of the Dangote Sugar Refinery at Tunga, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed said the company was not aware of the demolition but that the action might have been taken on the orders of the paramount ruler of Tunga chiefdom, Alh. Mohammed Ibrahim, whom he said had requested the company’s bulldozers to clear his boundary areas.

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