No fewer than three people are feared dead and over 100 houses demolished after men of Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency KASUPDA carried out an overnight demolition exercise near Edi-l Bare Bari Community in Zaria.
A report by Arewa Agenda, a publication of Northern young writers for justice and national development disclosed that victims of the exercise are traumatised and displaced by the incident.
The victims claimed that the action by KASUPDA did not follow due process in line with the appropriate legal procedure for such exercise.
Mohammed Isa, one of the people affected by the demolition said a member of KASUPDA appeared suddenly and marked their houses on 6th July 2020.
He also said on 7th , they got report from their source within KASUPDA that they are mobilizing security operatives for demolition.
He added that by the time they appeared around 9 am and tried to commence demolition, people resisted.
He further said the DG of KASUPDA ordered the security operatives to shoot them but the DPO was reasonable.
An officer told Arewa Agenda that the residents were issued a relevant notice and all protocols were duly followed noting that they built the houses without certificate of occupancy or approved building plan.