Kau community, original owners of a landed property donated to the Nigeria Police has alleged that the Nasarawa State chapter of Police Officers Wife Association (POWA) flagrantly disregarded an order of Nasarawa State High Court on the landed property donated to the Nigeria police by the community.
The community had approached the court to stop the ongoing construction of shops by POWA, as they said the land is being used for another purpose other than the purpose it was donated for.
The court had on the 22nd July 2021 granted an order of interim injunction filed by the community against the POWA, Nasarawa State; Karu local government area, Nasarawa State; the Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule; and the Nasarawa State Police Command; other defendants and the Seriki of Panda, Mr Danjuma Yestin.
The community also petitioned the inspector general of police, Usman Baba Alkali, to call the POWA, Nasarawa State chapter to order, and compel the association to obey court order on the said property.
According to the petition, the land measuring 4142.03m2 was donated to the police, and the police in collaboration with a private firm had concluded plans to establish a factory for the training of police on the production of textiles and making of garments on the land.
The community members, however, expressed shock that POWA, Nasarawa State chapter trespassed on the land, built shops, and is already selling the shops despite an interim injunction of the court to stop the building of the shops.
Counsel to the community, Adams Ochuagu of Seashores Solicitors, in a petition dated 3rd September, addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, noted that a wife of a former AIG had taken over the land in her capacity as POWA chairperson in Nasarawa State, when her husband, Adebola Longe was the commissioner of police in the state.
“You will recall sir that the indigenes of the community in Kau, Nasarawa State donated the land measuring about 4142.03m2 to the Nigerian Police for a specific purpose.
It may also be of interest to you that the Nigerian Police in partnership with Compel Global Industries (an incorporated company in Nigeria) has concluded plans to use the parcel of land for the production and training of police officers in the production of textiles and making of garments where offices of the Nigerian Police and teeming youths would be gainfully employed. It is also instructive to know that the company has compensated individuals and cleared the said land for the construction of the project to start.
“It is also pertinent to inform your good office that our clients were at a loss and shocked to find out that the wife of the immediate past commissioner of police, Nasarawa State, under the guise of Police Officers Wife Association (POWA) Nasarawa Chapter has trespassed into the land, started partitioning the said land, selling off same as shops to the unsuspecting public while our clients were waiting that the factory would soon commence to start developing the project,” Ochuagu stated.
According to the petition, despite an interim order from the Nasarawa State High Court to stop the building of shops, the project being embarked upon on behalf of POWA had continued in earnest.