An elderly man identified as Musa Wakatu, today climbed a telecommunication mast at Nicon junction, Maitama, Abuja to protest the alleged encroachment of his land by the American University of Nigeria(AUN) owned by former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Wakatu, who threw leaflets from the mast to the crowd who gathered under the mast, alleged that the former Vice President, through his university, encroached and fenced his landed property at Bajabure in Girei local government area in Yola, Adamawa state, and built structures inside. He said he had protested the encroachment on March 14th 2012 when he climbed a mast at federal high court in Abuja but nothing was done. His leaflet read
“I wrote a complaint letter to the former IG Mr. Hafiz Ringim and delivered to force headquarters on 5th December 2011 with visitor tag No.054 without any positive result”.
According to Wakatu, he has been detained and harassed by the police for refusing to collect monetary compensation for the land. He said he has sold a house he inherited from his father to pursue the case in court. Wakatu added that he is ready to pursue the case until he recovers his land. He also appealed to Nigerians to donate money to him so he could employ the services of a good lawyer.
As at this moment, Wakatu is still on top of the mast. The police has since arrived and are appealing to him to come down.