FCTA demolishes worship centres built on illegal plots

FCTA demolishes worship centres built on illegal plots

By Salisu Sani-Idris, Abuja.


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday demolished worship centres and warehouses that were built on illegal plots in Zauda village of Jiwa community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).


Mr Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, who led the exercise, explained that it was aimed at clearing encroachments on the land swap infrastructure model.


He said: “We want to appeal to people to understand that ‘illegality remains illegality’, we are not disobedient to the Creator.


“When we came here today, we discovered that a worship centre was built on an illegal plot, and we are bound to remove it.


“Owners of the affected structures will not be compensated. There is no compensation earmarked for this area at all. The village chiefs are all here, even though the people alleged that they sold the lands to them.”


Also speaking, Muktar Galadima, Director, Department of Development Control, FCTA, said that over 500 houses, warehouses, and worship centres were removed from the area.


“This is the continuation of what we started a couple of days ago, clearing illegal structures along the infrastructure corridor; we have come to conclude it today.


“So far, from Friday, Sept. 23, till today, over 500 structures have been removed. We allowed them to remove their valuables,” he said.


Galadima also said that compensation could be assessed and paid to only indigenous people of the area, adding, however, that there would no compensation for the non-indigenes.


He explained that this was because such a policy had been in place, saying that non-indigenes had been warned not to buy land from the locals.

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