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Land Grabbing Traditional Ruler Dragged To Court
Following the complaint launched by Denis Utsa against the paramount ruler of Giza in Keana local government area of NasarawaState, Sangari Umar and his wife Dorcas; another resident, TerkimbiLorfa, has accused the monarch’s wife of trespass and mischief at the Kadarko Area Court.
In a suit filed by Terkimbi, he alleged that Dorcas brought some building engineers to build a house for her and in the process encroached on his plot of land.
He said further that when he confronted the engineers, the lady threatened to acquire his land by all means, boasting of her husband’s status as the paramount ruler of Giza.
Terkimba who likened his situation to that of the Utsa family said all efforts by the elders of the community to resolve the dispute proved abortive. According to him, Dorcas recruited her younger brother as a thug to beat up the chief of the clan and his own younger sister
He said that she acted the way she did because of the support that she is getting from her husband, the paramount ruler of Giza.
Our investigation shows that the land in dispute was occupied by a herbalist Ali Samu who built a hut on it. When he died, he was buried on the piece of land. The herbalist, according to other residents was more or less a stranger in Kadarko but got the piece of land out of goodwill of the community.
However, since he died the land which should have returned to the community was left undeveloped until Sangari took it over to build a house for his wife who according to Tiv tradition has no place in her father’s house after marriage.
Meanwhile, the sitting which was scheduled to hold on June 25 has been adjourned to July 19 July to enable the court bring all parties before it.