by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Authority (KASUPDA) has claimed responsibility for demolishing five beer parlors and two viewing centers in Kariji, along Yakowa New Road Kaduna, last week.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of KASUPDA, Nuhu Garba, who disclosed this to our correspondent in a statement, explained that they were demolished “for operating in a wrong place.”
KASUPDA had last week Thursday demolished five beer parlors and two viewing centers opposite Kariji Junction after giving notice to the owners.
Nuhu, who was earlier contacted for reaction on reasons for the demolition, explained that the plot was not acquired for the purpose of operating beer parlor and viewing center.
He stated, thus: “Let him (the landlord) bring his approval that indicated the purpose is for the beer parlor, please, Sir. I responded to you that very moment but you did not open it in time.”
Earlier, it was reported that Kaduna State Government demolished five beer parlors and two viewing centres within the vicinity in Kariji area of Yakowa New Road in Chikun local government area of the state.
The demolition exercise, conducted by KASUPDA, occurred opposite Kariji Junction, around 2pm on Thursday, left some of the furniture contents of the buildings destroyed.
Narrating the ugly incident to our correspondent on Friday, uncomposed affected victims said some of their properties were destroyed along with the building during the incident, which took them unawares.
While some of the victims of the affected beer parlors acknowledged being served with notice earlier, some denied knowledge of any notice since they began to operate their business in the area – about one year ago.
An aged widow victim of the demolition (name withheld), who spoke to our reporter in tears, said she was contemplating quitting the state entirely, having suffered demolition of her only means of livelihood beer business twice, beginning from Kabala Doki where she is residing.
The woman lamented that, earlier on hearing about the alleged notice, she went to KASUPDA office along with three other women and prostrated before the a female head of the authority, but their appeal was rejected.
According to her, the plot (located in some meters away from the main road) belongs to their landlord and, therefore, not known to be government’s land.
“I was their around 2pm when they arrived in large numbers, in five different vans. They jumped down and started hitting and breaking my shop with heavy axe and harmer before I pleaded with them to allow me remove some things.”
Some of the affected shop owners said they were not around when KASUPDA invaded the area and destroyed their business, since they operate mostly in the evening hours and, therefore, picked nothing out of the shops.
Our reporter, who was in the scene of the incidents, reported that KASUPDA skipped other shops and buildings closer to Yakowa New Road and demolished the beer parlors and the viewing centres. Some of the affected shop owners also confirmed that they each spent about N500,000 and above in setting up the business and are paying their landlord on yearly basis.