Some notable Nigerians including the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 election, Peter Obi among many prominent Nigerians, including former ministers, ex-governors, non-serving senators, top politicians and other categories of highly-placed individuals and firms, who lost the land allocated to them in Abuja by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The revocation order issued through a public notice and published as advertorial in this edition of The Nation, was done as a result of failure to develop property or contravention of relevant laws.
Among those affected are: Ex-Governors/Senators Liyel Imoke and Joshua Dariye. Imoke was Cross River State Governor while Dariye was served in Plateau State.
Also on the list is former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Kanu Agabi (SAN).
Also revoked are properties allocated now deceased former public office holders such as: the late Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) the late Ufot Joseph Ekaette and the late publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.
There are 165 properties revoked by the FCTA in this batch.
FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, on assumption of office, hinted that owners of undeveloped plots and those who ran foul of the city’s Land Use Act, would forfeit ownerships of such land.
Yesterday’s statement by FCT Permanent Secretary Olushade Adeshola, gave effect to the minister’s warning.
The Permanent Secretary said the measure was taken due to the violation and contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy.
The statement reads: “The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) hereby informs the general public that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28 (5) (a) and (b) of the Land Use Act, 1978, revoked the under-listed plots with names and titles as reflected in our records for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy to wit non-development”.
The affected properties are scattered all over the various districts in the FCT – Utako; Katampe Extension; Idu Industrial Area; Asokoro; Jabi; Wuse; Wuye, Gudu and Maitama.