Al-Makura expresses worries over alleged involvement of judicial officers, security operatives in land grabbing

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    By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja.

     

    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 into a
    syndicate in the  Karu local government of the state.

    A statement Signed by  Ahmed Tukur Special Assistant Media and
    Publicity to the Governor said that Al-makura expresses  concern on
    Wednesday in 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.

    The statement said that 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.

    He assured of the full implementation of the report of the task-force
    saying that all illegal structures would be demolished in line the
    master plan.

    He added that  all government lands stolen by speculator would be
    reclaimed, while encroachment into government land would be properly
    addressed.

    He also  explained that government would soon start the
    re-certification of all land titles in the state to check activities
    of the speculators  saying that most of the documents being paraded by
    the speculators were fake.

    He decried at the level the syndicate operates and those behind them
    saying that their activity has created so much impunity in the system
    to the extent that individuals now engage them for settlement for fear
    of losing their legitimate plots of land.

    “This cabal have become so powerful that overnight they can dispose
    individuals of their land”.

    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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