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Bauchi community drags Chinese company to court over farm lands

| April 18, 2013 More


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JUGA community, in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, on Monday, dragged a Chinese mining company, Tongyi Allied Mining Limited, before Bauchi State High Court, for allegedly taking over its farmlands for mining activities without paying any compensation to it.

The community, in a motion on notice filed on its behalf by its counsel, Hassan el Yaqub, stated that sometimes in December 2011, the Chinese mining company was introduced to it as an international investor, adding that the company had since taken over its ancestral land and farm lands without paying any compensation to it as it (the company) initially pledged.

It further claimed that the company, having taken over the said lands, cordoned off a very large area, measuring about 371 cadastral units, saying that the mining outfit had in the process destroyed economic trees, crops as well as the community’s graveyard.

According to the community, neither its indigenes nor any other Nigerians were employed to work with the mining company, as it brought its workforce from China, while it deployed heavy duty machines in the area to carry out its operation, alleging that no one knew what kind of activity was going on at the premises.

Juga community further averred in the motion on notice that the activities of the Chinese mining company had polluted its environment with dust, smoke and heavy noise, which it said most of the time affected its inhabitants’ health and socio-economic activities.

Having made attempts to get the company pay compensation to the people of the community without any success, the plaintiff asked the court to compel the mining company to pay the community N250 million as compensation and to also declare that the community has right over its ancestral lands.

Ruling on the motion, the presiding judge, who doubles as the Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Zango, ordered the Chinese mining company to stop entering into the community’s land for any purpose whatsoever until the motion on notice was heard.

He further restrained the company from operating any business on the community’s land, directing that the company in the interim should close down its business premises and suspend any further operations in the area and vacate the community’s land pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The judge, however, adjourned the suit till April 19  for hearing.

Category: Bauchi State News

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