Property Developers Demand Justice Over ‘Illegal’ Demolition of Structures in FCTA

Starrys Obazei/December 15, 2022.

Owners of properties bulldozed by agents of the Department of Development Control in the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Abuja, have continued to demand justice over what they described as illegal demolition.

The buildings and infrastructure under various stages of construction were demolished during the operation at Katampe Extension, Bwari Area Council of Abuja, penultimate week, and continued this week.

The lead developer and CEO of Ideal Grace Consulting Limited, Dr. Charles Nwakanma, said the victims had spent over N8 billion in the last four years developing the 55.59 hectares plot.

His lawyer, Jerry Edemeka, told journalists that the properties had several structures raised on them above the second storey before they were brought down.

“We decided to engage the FCTA in view of the fact that we are development partners. Look, this property has been approved. We are not doing anything unduly. We have followed the due process, got the due approval, paid all the duel fees, mobilized to site as per the conditions contained in the building approval,” he said.

“So, what is this mindless and terrible demolition of a place that due approval has been obtained about? Where is this coming from? It is a very sad chapter in the history of land and housing development in the FCT,” he added

While reacting to an appeal for the actual size of the plot approved by the Minister of FCT, Mohammed Musa Bello, to be captured by the land administration department, the Acting Director of Urban and Regional Planning in FCTA, Abioye Adesina, said that investigation revealed that plot 3173 exists in Katampe Extension District, Cadastral Zone B19 and covers an area of 55.22 hectares, designated for mixed use comprehensive development.

“Furthermore, the detailed survey carried out also revealed that plot 3173 covers the area of 55.22 hectares. In view of the above, it is recommended that the actual size covering an area of 55.59 hectares be reflected on the title documents accordingly, please”, Adesina said.

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