Worried by the rate at which illegal structures are on the increase in the Federal Capital City, FCC, the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has warned developers to desist from such act or face the full wrath of the law.
The Administration also hinted that those involved in illegal means of acquiring land in the territory would be prosecuted.
The Director FCT Department of Development Control, Mr Mukhtar Galadima gave the warning after pulling down illegal structures built in Lugbe, phase V of the Federal Capital City, FCC.
The Director said that the administration was going to prosecute anyone found developing without valid prove of ownership.
According to him ” it is land grabbing when an individual claims to own about 149 plots, fence it, and then combine it as an estate. They started development without valid tittle or approve plan. Two weeks ago, we came and marked the structures for removal but they fail to obey the order, and they continued building it. That’s why we are enforcing the action. We came this morning to clear the illegal structures.”
“We removed some, but in the process they incited people within the area to stop the exercise. We are going to restrategise and return for the exercise.”
Galadima said that those behind the illegal development are known but the department would continue to resist the illegality.
”We are going to show the erring developers that there is law and government despite their resistance we will not stop“, he said.
The Director described residents that build without legal approval by the department of control as land grabbers.
He stressed that the department was planning Lugbe to be in conformity with the Abuja master plan of the FCC.
Galadima reiterated that prosecution of land grabbers would be a general exercise across the Federal capital territory.