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Security threat heightens in Jigawa over community farmland seizure

By Dahiru Suleiman, Dutse

Frequent police brutality, harassment and embarrassment meted out on communities of Tudun Fulani, and Garin Ciroma in Gagarawa local government area in Jigawa State in connection with seizure of their twelve thousand hectares of farmlands without adequate payment of compensation by the state government may lead to breakdown of law and order in the communities.
Mal. Isa Ardo, 57, a community leader of Tudun Fulani Community in Gagarawa local government area, is among elderly persons whose farmlands were confiscated without adequate compensation and handed over to a Chinese national, Mr. Lee for the proposed Mega Agro Allied Ventures.
Said he: This sorrow situation’s have kept us living in fear and anxiety as we were constantly being faced with police brutality, and intimidation due to our peaceful demonstrations against the seizure of our farmland’s , without proper compensation, nor a substitute shelter for living, the farmlands that we inherited over a decade farming and rearing for our livelihood.
“We were firstly invited by Gagarawa DPO where he told us that he was authorized to convey us to Police Headquarters in Dutse for unknown offence. There in Dutse, we were detain, only to be told that our crime was that we sent away Chinese nationals working on our farmlands without being adequately compensated”
“We firstly saw five trucks of armed mobile police men who were deployed to Tudun Fulani. We were asked to vacate the area in our own interest without any cogent reasons nor payment of feasible compensations to us.”
Rabiu Musa aged 58 of Garin Ciroma said the communities rejected this idea because the project will only focus on sugarcane plantation, while the residents have grown varieties of food crops over the years as their means of livelihood.
When contacted the Jigawa State Police spokesman, SP Abdul Jinjiri, decline comment, “my boss on whose instructions I can speak to the press was away to Abuja for official engagements.
Findings showed that since the Jigawa state government handed over the multi billion naira twelve thousand hectares of farmland to Lee Group of Companies some times in January this year there had been rift between the state government and host community for what the land owners described as poor payment of compensation, good shelter and employment opportunities.

But the Chairman, Jigawa Invest and Promotions, Barr. Ibrahim Hadejia, debunked the allegations raised by Gagarawa community on payment of compensations. Hadejia who is also the state deputy governor further said that the state government owed nobody a kobo as far as issues relating to payment of compensations to Gagarawa, Taura, Garki and Gumel twelve thousand hectares of farmland.
He said the state government had paid about N1billion as compensations to all the affected farmers whose land were allocated specifically for the gigantic multi billion naira worth of investments in the state.
According to him, the proposed firm if fully implemented will create jobs for over 35,000 people in the communities apart from enjoying certain facilities to host farmers as approved and pledged by management of Lee Business and Partners Promotion Limited.

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