Land Grabbing : Al-Makura condemns allege involvement of judicial officers,security operatives
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State has express worry over reports of alleged involvement of security agents and judicial officers as land speculators and grabbers that constitute themselves into a syndicate at Karu local government area of the state.
A statement signed by Ahmed Tukur ,Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor said Al-makura expressed the concern on Wednesday at Lafia while receiving the report of the task-force on the verification of land titles and demolition of illegal structures in the greater Karu area.
According to the statement, Governor Al-makura promised that government will ensure the immediate prosecution of all those identified as land speculators and grabbers in the report to serve as deterrent to others.
The Governor ,who assured full implementation of the report of the task-force ,stressed that all illegal structures would be demolished in line the master plan.
However , he maintained that all government lands stolen by speculators would be reclaimed, while encroachment into government land would be properly
Meanwhile, he disclosed that government would soon start the re-certification of all land titles in the state to check activities of the speculators , adding that most of the documents being paraded by the speculators were fake.
He decried the level the syndicate operates and those behind them,
noting that their activity has created so much impunity in the system to the extent that individuals now engage them for settlements out of fear of losing their legitimate plots of land.
“This cabal have become so powerful that overnight they can dispose individuals of their land”. He stated.
Al-Makura said government would table a complain before the state
chief judge on the need to caution judicial officers to desist from
giving frivolous injunctions that would abet the activities of the
Earlier, Chairman of the Task -Force, Mr. Yusuf Shehu-Usman, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice while presenting the reports said that they were able to identify 85 land speculators and
Shehu-Usman said part of the recommendation of his committee was for government to constitute a special standing task-force comprising the technical ministries, agencies and departments and security outfits to check the activities of the syndicates.