Youth protest sale of seized state properties by court in Zamfara

Youth protest sale of seized state properties by court in Zamfara

Some youths alleged to be thugs from the state government stormed the High court 11 in Gusau on Friday protesting the planned auction of the state government’s movable and non-movable vehicles for auctioning.

DAILY POST gathered that the youths started the peaceful demonstration, carrying placards displaying their displeasure over the High Court’s decision to auction the state government’s vehicles.

One of the protesting youths, Aminu Salihu lamented the planned auctioning of the state government vehicles, saying the case could be resolved amicably.

The youths who explained that they are hoping to take over the affairs of the state said they would continue to protest any attempt to auction government properties in the state.

“As youths, we are protesting against this plan of auctioning government vehicles, because, in the end, we would be the ones at loss as leaders of tomorrow”

They explained that the accrued debts which led to the planned auctioning were incurred by the previous administration, for some years now.

“We learned that the state government has even started paying part of the debt in instalments, it is better for both the government and the contractor involved, to source for other ways not to auction our vehicle, we would not agree.”

It would be recalled that a number of state government vehicles including the Hisbah commission vehicles were impounded by the court following non-payment of debt by the State government.

The State High court 111 had already ruled on the case that the State government should be paying monthly to service the debt but the state government refused to obey the court order which forced the company, Dumburum Nigeria limited to drag the state government to High court 11.

The company is asking the court to grant it permission to auction the court’s sized tractors and vehicles belonging to the government to recover monies being owed by the state.

DAILY POST reports that the leading counsel representing the company, John Shaka had told newsmen that the company had an agreement with the state government to supply some motorcycles for N50 million naira and the company fulfilled the agreement.

He said the state government had refused to obey the court’s order which made the company drag it to court resulting in the seizure of government vehicles and properties, putting them up for sale.

Shaka said the contract amount was N50 million naira but due to the inability of the state government to service the debt, the money, due to incremental services rose to the sum of over N300 million naira.