Stay Away from Revoked Lands, FCTA Warns 165 Defaulting Owners

The Federal Capital Territory Administration’s Department of Development Control (FCTA) has cautioned former owners of 165 revoked lands in the FCT to avoid the properties or face prosecution.

Mr. Mukhtar Galadima, the director, issued the warning in Abuja after his team foiled an attempt by some of the owners of the revoked lands in Maitama, Abuja, to resume development on the sites.

The development control officers, accompanied by several security forces, confiscated building equipment found on the sites, arrested some of the workers for profiling, and chased others away.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Minister of the FCT, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has revoked 165 plots of land in the FCT for non-development. According to the minister, the revocation is the result of a continuing violation of the provisions of the agreements as outlined in Section 28(5)(a) and (b) of the Land Use Act.

Mr. Galadima, who confirmed that the revoked properties are being worked on by some people on weekends, said his team got information that some owners of the revoked lands were moving to the site in violation of the order.

“We got information that some owners of the revoked lands are moving to site in violation of the order.

“We are on this operation to ensure that nobody go back to all the revoked plots to work on them.

“We also want to use this opportunity to warn the public that any revoked property that somebody is trying to work on, the FCTA will not only remove such structures but will ensure prosecution of the person involve.”