The President of high court in Wum has adjourned the Esu and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo case over the disputed 10,000ha of Land.
It had been adjourned on Thursday the 28 th of January 2016 for the Wednesday 17 of February 2016.Todays adjournment to the 23th march 2016 is the Fifth time the ruling has been adjourned.
The Reasons for adjournment this time around was waiting for resolution of the Commission charged with the case.
Wum high court was full to capacity as both camps reported present to hear the verdict. Many looked very angry after the Court Ruling on the postponement to the 23/3/2016.
An Esuian who opted to speak to alafnet.com lamented the fact that this postponement was uncalled for; he insisted that no matter how long it takes they are prepared to see the end. On his part Mr Ntam Emmanuel thinks the case against Baba Danpullo has been adjourned this time around because of security reasons.
This reporter noticed that there is still enormous tension in the Wum and in Menchum since the incident that lead to the dead of the Leonard Ndong by the member of the BIR.
Alhadji Baba Ahmadou Danpullo on July 2, 1986, addressed an application for agricultural and grazing land to the then traditional ruler of Esu, late Fon Joseph Meh Buh II. In his application, he specified the land requested to be from the “big bridge after Esu to Ewo”. The piece of land from the big bridge after Esu to Ewo was then occupied by one Ngwa of Bafut origin, which started the planting of soya beans there.
On July 17, 1987, the Esu traditional council addressed a letter to the then Senior Divisional Officer of Menchum, signed by the late Fon and three traditional council members with subject “Grant of land to the Elba Ranch”.
The SDO was informed that land located at Woundele quarter, from Alhadji Waziri Kupa to the area near Alhadji Malo along Esu-Furu Awa road, had been allocated to Danpullo. The late Fon therefore allocated a well-defined piece of land to Alhadji Baba for the Elba Ranch project in Esu village in July 1987.
When Alhadji Baba transferred some of his cattle from Ndawara to Esu village, the first person to be evicted was Mr. Ngwa, followed by his immediate neighbours Alhadji Waziri Kupa and Alhadji Malo.
On the October 10,1987, just three months after the traditional council of Esu wrote to the SDO of Menchum that they had allocated a well-defined piece of land to the Elba Ranch project, some Esu children addressed a petition to the Northwest Governor with subject; “Petition with regards to the allocation of land to Alhadji Baba”.
The 2nd paragraph of the petition reads thus: “We emphatically state that we are not against the arrival and settlement of Alhadji Baba in Esu but against two points; (1) The way and manner he has acquired this land and (2) his abusive use and violation of the limits shown to him.”
Immediately the land was allocated to Alhadji, he embarked on an expansionist policy. Initially, the situation was not very bad as it is now. When he transformed the Elba Ranch in Ndawara to a tea farm in violation of the terms of the grant he had over the land in Ndawara, he had to transfer more than 50,000 cattle from Ndawara to Esu and no jangali tax is paid to the council in Wum. Presently, Alhadji Baba occupies 75 percent of Esu land and the Esu population has nowhere to farm.
The Esu population through their lawyer had noted that they do not want to evict Danpullo from Esu but needs some of the land presently occupied by him for farming. The Esu population will only think of eviction when they cannot have some of the land back.
by Edmond Tambe