Residents of Danhono community in Chikun Local Government Area are protesting the alleged acquisition of their lands by the Kaduna State government without compensating them.
The residents who stormed the Secretariat of the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) during a peaceful demonstration, are demanding for the immediate compensation for their lands by the State government.
Addressing journalists, a spokesman of Danhono Community Land Owners, Mr Lucky Akpojosevbe, said that they were protesting to inform the public about the injustice meted out on them and for the government to look into their agitation and compensate them.
According to him, their lands were forcefully taken over and allocated to private developers under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) without due process, stating that, as land owners of the community dated more than five decades, they would not end their agitation until they get justice.
In his response, the Director General of Kaduna State Lands and Country Planning, Mr Ibrahim Hussaini, described the allegation as untrue.
He explained that the area was earmarked for expansion of the state capital since 1994 after government discovered the metropolis was becoming congested.
The government official assured the agitators that the Kaduna State government would pay compensation to genuine land owners with legal titles after all assessments and verification had been completed.
He warned traditional rulers to desist from selling lands to people, stressing that they do not have such rights to do so except the government.