Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has ordered the demolition of a commercial building beside the popular Sheikh Nasiru Kabara House, the home of the leader of the Qadiriyya sect.
The governor gave the order after investigation reportedly revealed that no official approval was given for the structure on the land belonging to the Kano State Emirate Council.
The Managing Director, Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) who doubles as the chairman Committee on Removal of Illegal structures, Baffa Babba Ɗan’agundi, said against earlier speculations, neither the state government nor the Emirate Council gave the permit.
He said, “It is important for the public to know that the illegal building had led to suspicion between the state government and the Emirate which although the other party was behind it, after thorough investigation, it was discovered that some greedy and self-centered persons who only care about their interest were behind it.
“While further investigations are ongoing, Governor Ganduje has ordered a complete demolition, fencing and installation of recreational facilities for children while the remaining space used for zikir by the Kadariyya sect will also be well fenced.”
He added that the governor had directed that there should be security presence in the area always to protect children in the playground, parents and guardians against all forms of crime.
“The committee also warns that those who engage in erecting illegal structures in the state must henceforth desist from such as the government has resolved to prosecute anyone caught violating state laws regarding acquiring land and building,” he said.