The Kaduna State Government has explained that it demolished the building housing the secretariat of a faction of the APC because of “flagrant violation of land use law”.
A statement signed by Ibrahim Husseini, Director-General, Kaduna Geographic Information Service, also said that the structure was brought down because ground rent had not been paid on it “since 2010”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the secretariat of the Danladi Wada-led faction of the APC, located at 11B Sambo Close, Ungwan Rimi, Kaduna was demolished by the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency, on Tuesday.
NAN also reports that the faction recently suspended Kaduna Governor Ahmed El-Rufaí, and expelled 28 others over alleged anti-party activities.
Among leaders of the faction is Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, the owner of the demolished building that served as its secretariat.
According to Husseini, the house had to go because it had been turned into illegal use “with distressed neighbours forced to endure an influx of thugs and blockage of the road”.
Husseini said that the land would be used to “provide a green area and a serene place for recreation in the residential neighbourhood”.
He explained that KADGIS was currently undertaking operations across Kaduna metropolis in compliance with its mandate, adding that it was partnering with sister agencies like KASUPDA to rid the city of illegal structures and street hawking.
Husseini said that KADGIS issued a revocation notice which was delivered at 28 Inuwa Wada Road, the registered address of the company that held the title to the property.
He said: “The notice was also delivered to the building in question, and sent by post to the registered address of the previous title holder.”
According to him, the land has now been allocated to KASUPDA for the purpose of developing and maintaining a public park that will provide a green area and a serene place for recreation.
The KADGIS boss advised land title owners to comply with the terms of their allocations and also ensure prompt payment of ground rents.