Land Grabbing : Al-Makura Condemns allege involvement of judicial officers,security operatives

Governor Al-Makura

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 

addressed. 
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 

speculators.

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 

their details. 
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.

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