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CAN Alleges: Kaduna Government Planning to Destroy Anglican’s Oldest Church in Zaria – High Tension in Kaduna

Tension in Kaduna as Government Plans to Demolish Church

Tension in Kaduna as Government Plans to demolish Anglcan’s oldest Church in zaria.

The Kaduna chapter of CAN has alleged that the state government plans to demolish one of the oldest Anglican churches in Zaria.

The association, in a statement issued by its state chairman, Reverend Joseph Hayab, stated that the quit notice was a purported directive of the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

CAN, however, stated that it doubts very much, if the directive for the demolition of the building was issued by the governor himself.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna chapter, has raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the state government to demolish one of the oldest Anglican churches in Zaria, following a seven-days quit notice issued by the government.

The Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA) had issued the notice for the demolition of Saint George’s Anglican Church in Sabon Gari, Zaria, said to have been built about 110 years ago, Guardian reports.

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna chapter, has raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the state government to demolish one of the oldest Anglican churches in Zaria, following a seven-days quit notice issued by the government. The Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA) had issued the notice for the demolition of Saint George’s Anglican Church in Sabon Gari, Zaria, said to have been built about 110 years ago, Guardian reports.

The association, in a statement issued by its state chairman, Reverend Joseph Hayab, stated that the quit notice was assumed a directive of the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Alleged it as planned B/Haram attacks: Maiduguri is peaceful and calm – Army rubbishes ‘fake news’, he assures public of safety.

The notice was reportedly undated and claimed that the church had been paid compensation. It was addressed to: House No 27, Church House, Sabon Gari Market, Zaria, which houses the St George’s Church.

The notice reportedly read: “Reference to the governor’s directive on the issue of market development which compensation has been dually paid. “However, you are hereby directed to vacate your resident within seven days from now, failure to comply will leave the Agency with no option than to evict you at your own expense.”

CAN, however, pointed out that the name of the signatory to the quit notice was not included in the document; but rather, it was signed by the zonal head of KASUPDA on behalf of the zonal manager, saying. The association stated: “We are alarmed and apprehensive about this, if it is true that it is a directive from the governor, but we doubt it very much if the governor issued the directive.

CAN went ahead to say that -“This is because in February 2016, the state government made moves to relocate the church to pave way for the expansion of the market, but later realised that the church has all valid documents and that even some parts of the market fall on the church’s land.”

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