Kadpoly students protest Gbagyi Villa land encroachment

• Say 10,000 students rendered homeless

HUNDREDS of students of the  Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY) held a protest condemning the building of illegal structures on their school land.

Addressing the Nigerian Tribune in Kaduna on Monday, the President  of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Comrade Usman Kareem, said the action of the trespassers  had rendered over 10,000 homeless.

Kareem said: “Hundreds of hostels would have been built if the Gbagyi trespassers did not illegally take over the polytechnic land.”

He called on Nigerians and Kaduna indigenes to support Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s efforts in his ongoing land recovery exercise in other public places and for the polytechnic.

The students also asked the Kaduna State government to commence thorough investigation into  the activities of those that masterminded the sharing of the polytechnic’s land, and bring them to justice to serve as deterrent to others.

According to Kareem: “The encroachers took  over our polytechnic’s premises without sympathy. We believe their children too are here in KADPOLY.

“We wish to also use this medium to warn all those introducing ethnicity and religious sentiments into the issue, in order to deceive the general public, to desist and embrace truth.

“We are not speaking on behalf of the government but Governor Nasir el-Rufai started school land recovery from his home domain, Zaria.

“We commend the governor and urge him not to be deterred by individuals whipping up sentiments on the issue.”