Musa Ubandawaki Sokoto
Communities in Runjin Biyo, Asare, Gidan Dan kaiwa, Kaura Kimba, Gidan Shibkau, and Maciya among others in Wamakko Local Government Area have dragged BUA Cement and Sokoto State Government to court over the forceful acquisition of their settlements and farmlands.
The communities under the leadership of Alhaji Abubakar Kokani (AK) through their council barrister Kasimu Mohammed Sauwa said they were in court to challenge the first and second defendants over the unconstitutional and forceful takeover of their lands to be used for commercial purposes.
The council to the plaintiffs further said though the first defendant was in court, however, told the presiding judge Justice Kabiru Muhammad that, he was in court but had yet to prepare for any statement of defense and requested for adjournment of the case to Another so as to fully prepare for the defense of his client.
The council to the second dependant who is the Sokoto state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Suleiman Usman (SAN) was not in court at the time when the presiding judge adjoined the case to 11th of October for further mentioning.
Usman who was counsel to the second defendant was vividly seen outside court when the matter was already adjoined for mentioning to another day, he however refused to make any comment as the matter was already before the court.
It could be recalled that BUA Cement has been consistently taking over lands in the affected communities with compensation for the purpose of expanding its Cement manufacturing empire which the communities say was against their wish.
The communities alleged that BUA Cement has taken possession of their land resources which they used in subsistence farming all year round to feed their families.
“You have taken our communities and farmlands, you have relocated us to another environment, what about our farmlands? Hence we are not civil servants, we rely solely on farming and you take the land away from us where do you expect us to be?” members of the communities lamented.
“We are ever-ready to be at the supreme court to demand our right and we will leave no stone unturned in the pursuance of this case,” the group leader said.