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Traditional ruler, subject in police net over land dispute

A traditional ruler of Kuduku community of Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Bilianu Abdullahi and one Gambo Kassimu Galadima, also of Keana town, has been dragged  before the state command of the Nigeria police  over alleged conspiracy by the duo to illegally confiscate some hectares of farm lands belonging to the community.

The community alleged that the said Gambo Galadima had made several attempts to forcefully take over  the ownership of the disputed land by embarking on ‘illegal survey’ of the land with claims that he acquired the land since 1983.

The allegation was contained in a petition jointly signed by the Mr Agustine Kuza and Amos Umande, youth chairman and secretary, respectively, and made available to newsmen in Lafia, the state capital, on Sunday.

According to the petition, which was addressed to the state  Commissioner of Police, Lawal Shehu and  a copy of which was  made to  Governor Umaru Tanko AlMakura and other security agencies in the state, the petitioners accused the duo of conspiring to take over their farm lands.

They recalled that the people of the community, being a village area in Keana Local Government  Area, have coexisted peacefully with other ethnic nationalities in the locality over the years without anyone challenging its ownership of the said portion of farm land and wondered why  the sudden move by the duo to confiscate the land.

The petitioners averred that the action of the duo was a calculated attempt to deny the people of their right to farming,  adding, it is their only source of livelihood .

They vowed to employ every available means within the confines of the law to resist any forceful  takeover of the lands.