From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has intervened to clear air on a prolonged disagreement upon who legitimately owns the NRC’s allocated land between the two disputing parties in Gusau the Zamfara State capital.
Speaking to Journalists shortly after re-demarcation exercise of the controversial land, the Zonal Manager of the NRC, Alhaji Sagir Sulaiman, said the attention of the corporation was drawn by the hot disagreement between the business tycoons in Gusau over who supposed to occupy the lands.
Alhaji Sulaiman further testified that, “NRC had for over two decades, allocated the lands to one Alhaji Kabar who later transferred his interest to one Sunusi Alhassan after he fulfilled all the requirements to become the legitimate occupier, he pays all his dues annually to NRC.
“Since then, the corporation was informed that, there had been an alleged tress pass and illegal use of the lands allocated by NRC by a Gusau-based business man whose claim was that he was the legitimate occupier of the land, making things difficult for smooth runnings of expected businesses.
“So, the right occupier in our allocation records pertaining lands belonging to NRC which is situated at Kantin Daji Gusau is Sunusi Alhassan, because he followed due process including even change of name on the allocation letter which was earlier issued to one Alhaji Kabar”, the Zonal Manager has stressed.
Speaking his side, Alhaji Sunusi Alhassan has commended the NRC for maintaining it’s earlier stand on the position of the allocated lands, which according to him would bring the dispute to end despite the case was currently before the court.
In a counter reaction, the contending party, Mohammed Garba Tigana, dismissed re-demarcation exercise by the NRC officials, and the claim of being right occupier of the lands by his opponent as well, saying, “I am still the right occupier of the lands because it was allocated to me by the State Government.
“After 1978, all powers to allocate lands belongs to State Governors only, I have followed right channel to become a legitimate user of the lands, I have allocation letter which was signed by the Zamfara State Governor, therefore NRC was no longer the owner of the said lands talkless of issuance of allocation letters to any group or individual”, Tigana has claimed.