From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
The Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) has raised alarm over alleged illegal land allocations and other violations by the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in Jikwoyi, Karu district of the Federal Capital Territory.
According to a statement issued by Honourable Khalil Moh’d Bello, National President of KACRAN, the violations totally negate the recent commitment to uphold the original master plan of Abuja by the FCT minister.
The statement reads, “With utmost respect and humility, KACRAN wishes to once again bring to the attention of the esteemed office of the Honourable Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council and public at large, a series of distressing incidents that occurred in the Dagona Area of Jikwoyi in the Karu District.
“Our association has received alarming reports of violations of the Land Use Act by the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) which totally negate the recent FCT Minister His Excellency Bar. Hon Nyesom Wike’s commitment to uphold the original master plan of Abuja.
“To our dismay, we have been made to understand that the previous council Executive Chairman or the predecessors of the current AMAC chairman, illegally allocated plots within our members’ residential areas, contravening the Land Use Act’s stipulations. This Act acknowledges Nigerians who have resided in a location for over a century as rightful occupants of their residential areas.
“Compounding this issue, the council also moves to block the only solitary access road that connects our members to the FCT, causing severe disruptions to our member’s daily activities. This vital road, tarred by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2012, is particularly crucial during the rainy season and at all times.
“These developments have caused a significant amount of distress for our members who have enjoyed a peaceful existence in this area for over a century. Their deep-rooted ancestral heritage in this land, marked by the graves of their forefathers, makes this issue more than a mere inconvenience; it is a matter of their identity and heritage.
“We respectfully call on the Honourable Chairman AMAC and the concerned authorities to urgently; conduct an official visit to the area to assess the situation first-hand, revoke all illegal allocations made by his predecessors within our members’ residential areas, in the interest of equity, justice, and fairness.
“Ensure that no further attempts are made to block the access road that is vital for the daily movement of our members and their neighbours, allocate new plots in unclaimed land to the affected individuals, allowing them to develop these areas without infringing on the rights of others.
“We stand firm in our belief in the rule of law, which stipulates that all Nigerians are equal before the law. We are deeply concerned that our rights and livelihoods are being infringed upon. We trust that this matter will be promptly addressed to prevent potential conflicts and to maintain harmonious relations within our beloved Abuja and Nigeria at large.
“In conclusion, we want to state that in our earlier submissions of complaint to Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), we attached the necessary supporting documents, including the signatures, places, pictures, and phone numbers of our members for AMAC and other copied authorities’ view and consideration,” the statement concluded.