by Ayobami Olopade
In what can be termed as a gross violation of human rights, Former Governor of Niger State, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure, has been accused of violently assaulting a former Federal Controller of Housing and Urban Development in Niger State, Mr. Tunji Adekoya, as well as damaging his properties.
Consequently, the victim, Mr. Adekoya has forwarded two separate petitions to the Executive Governor of Niger state, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu as well as the General Manager of the Niger State Urban Development Board, pleading for their intervention.
Mr. Adekoya accused the former governor of blocking the access road to his property (located at E10, Aliyu Makama Road, GRA, Minna, Niger State) with the building he is erecting at E8, Aliyu Makama Road, GRA Minna.
In the petition to the governor, dated September 9, 2013, Adekoya explained that “the governor did not only block the access road to my house, but he removed and damaged my gate, the roof of my gate house and indeed damaged the water pipes conveying water into the compound.”
Adekoya justified his ownership of the property with documents showing that the Implementation Committee on Alienation of Federal Government Landed Property sold the property to him.
He lamented that his efforts at resolving the issue amicably with the former governor was met with further aggression.
“The peaceful appeal I made to the former Governor, Engr. Kure on Monday, September 2, 2013 by 8.00a.m. was rebuffed and turned to violence when he slapped me in the public. (I reported the incident for record purposes at the GRA Police Station, Minna on the same day).”
Adekoya is asking Gov. Aliyu to intervene so that the access road to his property could be reopened.