Mohammed moves to return illegal land allocation to State

By Rukayat Akanbi

…insists on portion for herders Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has vowed to reacquire all pieces of land that were illegally allocated to individuals and bodies back to the State Government. Mohammed who was worried over land dispute and crises that led to lost of lives and injuries had set up an administrative panel to investigate and profer solution to the problem. He however, adamant on returning lands that have been mapped out for cattle route and illegally acquired back to rightful owners.

While receiving the report of the panel on Tuesday from its Chairman, Yahaya Baba, the Governor said: “It is unfortunate at this century, when our fathers have done so much to establish cattle routes and reserves for environmental sustainability but our lands are being allocated illegally and these must be reversed.” He noted that the move would assist in ending “lingering problem between the most critical stakeholders in the society –farmers and herders.

“With the petitions and memoranda made me happy that Bauchi state is alive and everybody is conscious and human right is coming to the fore and we will make sure that justice and equity are done to everybody.” About five people have been reportedly killed in a skirmishes in Misau local government area over land. This has also led suspension of the caretaker Committee Chairman, Emir of Misau and other district heads in the area.

According to the Chairman of the Committee, Yahaya said he recieved over 1,000 petitions and memoranda from critical stakeholders. He added that farmers/herders conflict was a great threat to security that needs to be checked and therefore the proactive approach of the governor to set up the committee to check the threat need not be over emphasised.

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