On Saturday, February 6, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report by BBC Hausa claiming that the Kano State Government has demolished a school and mosque belonging to Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara.
The story was also published by Express Radio Kano, Legit Hausa, Kadaura 24 and some YouTube channels including 9ja Hausa TV, Action Hausa TV, Alheri Royal TV, Kundin Labarai TV, Komai Da Ruwan Ka TV 1,
The report claimed that the demolition followed controversies raised by Kabara’s preaching in Kano even after he was banned by the State Government over “his blasphemous remarks on Islam”.
An investigation by CDD shows that the claim that the Kano State Government has demolished Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara’s school and the mosque is false.
A visit to the site by CDD fact-checker revealed that the school and mosque belonging to Kabara has not been demolished.
However, an observation by CDD reveals that the Kano State Government demolished a property which is about 200 meters to the school and mosque owned by Kabara.
The demolished property is structured within an expanse of land housing several other structures including houses and shops erected by different individuals.
The school and mosque owned by Kabara are still intact.
Also, armed Police officers in their operational vehicles were seen surrounding the residence of Kabara while children played on the demolished site.
Speaking to CDD fact-checker, the Director of Urban Planning at the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA), Rilwanu Baita, confirmed that the news on the demolition of a school and mosque belonging to Kabara is false.
Baita said the agency did not demolish the property belonging to Abduljabbar.
Baita said: “KNUPDA noticed illegal plots development in an area called Filin Mushe in Gwale local government area of metropolitan Kano, the people were notified to stop construction months ago but they ignored the notice, the agency then demolished the structures because they are illegal and those developing them ignored the stop notice issued to them”
“The people developing the illegal plots have no approval from the agency, we are empowered by law to demolish illegal structures”
“I should be clear that what we demolished was a school but illegal plots being developed”
The trending report that the Kano State Government has demolished a school and mosque belonging to the Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara is false.
CDD’s visit to the location reveals that neither school nor mosque belonging to the cleric were demolished by the Kano State Government.
CDD is urging the public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
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