***As FCTA Demolishes
houses, Worship Centres, Hotels Others
According to Kuje Area Council residents, people who bought and erected homes along the neighborhood’s railway corridors did so at great risk despite being informed that the government had set aside the area for a specified use.
This occurs while the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) keeps up its onslaught against the neighborhood’s unlawful constructions.
The FCT Administration destroyed a number of buildings on Tuesday in order to reclaim the railway lines, including churches, small towns, eateries, and businesses.
Some of the locals reported that despite many of the buyers supposedly receiving cautions to stay away from the property, they disregarded the sage counsel.
One of the residents, Lukman Abduralman, revealed that the sellers also wooed by the sellers to buy land there, but refused to take such risk.
According to Abduralman: “they know that this is government land, because they were told by those who know. I have been here since 2015. They were told that railway passed through here, but they claimed that the railway has been diverted.
” They even told me to come and buy a portion for N200, 000, but I refused to buy. The buyers said they are aware that the place is temporary and that anytime that government comes, they will leave”.
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Comrade Ikharo Attah said the demolition along the Kuje railway corridors would be sustained for days, until the illegally acquired lands were reclaimed.
He, however, noted that the FCT Minister, won’t relent until the railway corridors were reclaimed.
His words: ” The Kuje railway corridors clean up is one of the touchy exercises we are carrying out . It is quite pathetic situation, because when the team from the Department Development Control came to mark this buildings, but they never believed them.
“Our officers are badly touched doing this demolition, some were almost shading tears, that people who really ought to know and parking out from their illegal structures didn’t park.
“The sellers of the illegal land gave the people hope that government was not serious and won’t come to demolish, and on this the Minister has proved them wrong “, he further stated.