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FCTA Issues Stern Warning Against Trespassing on Revoked Land, Threatens Prosecution

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FCTA Issues Stern Warning Against Trespassing on Revoked Land, Threatens Prosecution

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Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has issued a stern caution to landowners

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has issued a stern caution to landowners who persist in encroaching upon land that has been previously revoked by an order of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike.

This admonition was conveyed by the Director of the FCT Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, following an incident where officials of the department intervened to halt development activities on the land, despite the existing revocation order.

Accompanied by security personnel, the officials took action by confiscating construction equipment discovered on the sites and dispersing workers. Some individuals were also apprehended during the operation.

On September 21, 2023, the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, issued an order for the revocation of approximately 165 plots of land. The directive, signed by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesol, cited contraventions of the terms of development specified in Section 28(5)(a) and (b) of the Land Use Act as the basis for the revocation.

Muktar Galadima, while addressing the press during the operation, disclosed that the department responded to information indicating that certain landowners had returned to the revoked land to resume construction activities. He warned that those found in violation of the order may face legal repercussions.

Galadima emphasized, “So, we are on this operation to ensure that all the revoked plots, nobody goes back and works on them, and also to use this opportunity to call on the public that any revoked properties that somebody is trying to work on, definitely the administration will not only remove such structures but will also ensure prosecution of the person involved.”

He further clarified, “The revocation just commenced last week and then we just got information that some people wanted to go back to sites, and we have already intimated our officials to be on the watchout, to make sure that nobody goes back to work because any officials found wanting will be severely dealt with in accordance with the laid down civil service rules and regulations.

“The FCTA’s decisive action underscores its commitment to maintaining order and adherence to land use regulations within the Federal Capital Territory. Landowners and developers are urged to heed this warning and avoid trespassing on revoked properties to avoid potential legal consequences.

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