Eight Land Grabbers Arrested as FCTA Demolishes Houses in Abuja Community Amid Land Reclamation Efforts

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has taken decisive action against land encroachment and illegal property acquisition in the Gosa District of Abuja by arresting eight land grabbers in Abuja community.

In a coordinated effort led by the Department of Development Control, over 100 hectares of land were reclaimed from encroachers and land grabbers through a demolition exercise.

Director of Department Control, Mukhtar Galadima, emphasized the collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other agencies to apprehend those involved in land grabbing activities.

Galadima underscored the importance of curbing such incidents to safeguard unsuspecting Nigerians from purchasing properties acquired through deceitful means.

Referring to similar actions taken near the Idu train station last year, Galadima reiterated FCTA’s commitment to addressing land grabbing cases. He assured the public that illegal fences would be removed to prevent further encroachment.

The reclaimed land, initially allocated to a corporate entity for housing estates, had been illegally fenced off by encroachers. Galadima urged prospective land buyers to conduct due diligence by verifying land allocations with relevant government agencies.

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Dr. Peter Olumuji, Secretary of Command and Control at FCTA, condemned the criminal activities of land grabbers, including falsification of documents and altercations with authorities. He confirmed that eight individuals apprehended during the operation would face legal consequences.

Hamza Adamu, CEO of Ivory Shelters Nigerian Limited, corroborated the legitimate allocation of the land for mixed-use development, including commercial and residential purposes. He assured ongoing infrastructure development and security measures, emphasizing affordability and client protection.