The Darmanawa community in the northern Nigerian city of Kano has accused the Kano Emirate of selling the Eid mosque in the area.
Residents of Darmanawa Lay Out said on Monday and Tuesday morning that they saw some people cutting the Eid mosque grounds despite a committee set up by the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero to take a stand on the field.
The neighborhood development group said what surprised them the most was how police field was sent to provide security while people were dividing the Eid field.
The chairman of the Eid mosque committee, Barrister Tijjani Yahaya, told BBC Hausa that the people who were inspecting the mosque site claimed that the land belonged to the Emirate of Kano.
“They claim that the mosque compound of the area where we live, Darmanawa, is owned by the Emirate of Kano. Take and distribute this Eid land to fulutai for sale to the people,” he said.
He added that they went to the Emir of Kano where they called on him to reprimand the people who were trying to divide the land and ordered an investigation into the matter and “on January 6 this year we wrote a letter to the palace. “And we’ve got a lot of credibility since we’ve got a stamp.”
However, Barrister Yahaya said they were surprised to see the field being cleared in the morning despite assurances from the Emir of Kano.
According to him, the field is still being cut while security personnel are monitoring the workers.
However, the Kano Emirate has denied that it is allocating Eid land.
She said the Emir of Kano had ordered a halt to the allotment of the plots but they were unaware that the allotment was ongoing and that it was not the reason for the deployment of police in the area.
Alhaji Awaisu Abbas Sanusi, the Deputy Secretary to the Emirate, told our correspondent Khalifa Dokaji that the Emir of Kano had given the people of the area the opportunity to present evidence that the land belonged to them.
“These people have lodged their grievances with the Emir of Kano, but the emir has set up a committee and asked them to go and investigate. documents [of the king] will be used as evidence in the decision, “he said.
The issue comes as the people of Kano State continue to struggle over the government’s sale of parts of the Eid Grand Mosque in Kofar Mata to businessmen, as well as parts of the Friday Mosque. and Fagge.
An issue that some commentators say is against the law, especially in public places.
But the Kano state government says it is selling land to boost its economy.