Target: Governor Ahmad Nasir El-Rufai
Goal: Halt the evictions of 5,000 people and the demolition of their homes without compensation.
In Kaduna State, Nigeria, 5,000 people face eviction and the demolition of their homes without either compensation or the provision of alternative housing after a government agency issued 21-day demolition notices. This comes despite a civil case challenging the planned demolition and a legal injunction against demolitions. Without compensation or alternative housing many residents–including children–face homelessness as they cannot afford new homes.
The state government claim that the houses were built illegally and are encroaching on land owned by a local university. However, many of the residents are the original owners of the land–previously farmland–or bought land from original owners. Still more are tenants of the original owners.
According to the governor of Kaduna State, the only admissible proof of ownership are title documents. These documents are both difficult and expensive to acquire, and many residents do not have them. However, authorities have marked houses of residents who possess title documents alongside those that do not for demolition. Sign our petition and demand a halt to any evictions until the court case has concluded.
Dear Governor El-Rufai,
I was alarmed to hear your announcement regarding planned demolitions in Gbagyi Villa. You have stated that the civil and criminal cases are separate, however this has no bearing on the injunction against demolitions imposed by the courts. Any demolition before the civil case has concluded would be contrary to Nigerian law.
The owners of many of the houses marked for demolition possess title documents, proving their ownership of the land. To force these people and their tenants from their land without either compensation of due process is against both Nigeria’s commitments to uphold human rights and Nigeria’s commitments to uphold the right to property.
Furthermore, without compensation or alternate accommodation, many residents will be rendered homeless. I urge you to wait for the conclusion of the civil case before proceeding with evictions and demolition, and to ensure that those losing their homes are compensated and offered homes.
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