Musa Isa Ahmed
Residents of 30 communities in Girei local government area of Adamawa have staged a peaceful protest, over what they termed indiscriminate sale of farmlands by council chairman Juda Amisah.
Leading the protest to the state house of assembly, Ahijo Yakubu on behalf of the communities accused Amisa of allegedly selling 10 hecters of the said land to a ward counselor, while another 500 hecters has been demarcated for sale.
Yakubu said, “The land in question are individual farmlands for the use of poor people who are mostly farmers.
“We officially complained to the state Assembly against chairman Girei whose policies are anti people and misleading the state government in respect of our ancestral farmlands.
“The council boss, is of the habit of selling our land to some group and we are been threatened.”
The protesters urged the state Assembly to revoke the land sale which is the only means of livelihood of the communities.
The protesters, numbering over 40 comprises of men, women and youths displaying placards with inscriptions; ‘No to sales of our ancestoral lands, ‘Return back our 500 hecters of land’.
Yakubu listed the affected communities to include, Gawu, Sauro, Daudo, Mokawu, Walare and Surutu among others.
When contacted, Girei council Boss, Juda Amisa told newsmen that, the farmlands in question were demarcated as Government Reserved Area.
He urged the protesters to verify their claims with the state ministry of environment, land and survey.