TOYIN ADEBAYO, ABUJA
The Federal Captial Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed to prosecute land grabbers in the nation’s capital.
Speaking on behalf of the administration, the Director Department of Development Control, Murkta Galadima made this known Monday, after the pulling down illegal structures built in Lugbe, phase 5 of the Federal Captial City, (FCC).
Saying, the administration was going to prosecute anyone found developing a plot without valid prove of ownership.
According to him; “This is a product of land grabbing, an individual claiming to own about 149 plots fanced it, and then combine it as an estate, call Semans. They commence development without even valid title or approved plan, they come to site, mobilize people and begin development.
“Two weeks ago, we came and point the structures for them to remove but they fail to obey the order, and they still went on building, that is why we are enforcing the action. We came this morning to clear the illegal structures.
“We remove some, but in the process they incited people within the area to stop the exercise, we are going to restrategize and return for the exercise” he explained.
HR further stated that, those behind the illegal development are not 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 stop them”
The director described residents that build without legal approval by the Department of Development Control as land grabbers.
He said the department was planning Lugbe to be in conformity with the master plan of the Federal Captial City (FCC).
Galadima explained that prosecution of land grabbers would be a general exercise across the Federal Captial Territory.