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Human Rights Lawyer Warns FCT Minister Nyesom Wike: "FCT is Not Rivers State"

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Human Rights Lawyer Warns FCT Minister Nyesom Wike: "FCT is Not Rivers State"
Human rights lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has issued a warning to the new FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, cautioning him that the Federal Capital Territory is not Rivers state. Ejiofor predicts that Wike's declaration to demolish illegal structures and revoke lands might lead to a surge in legal battles in the FCT High Court. Ejiofor also hints at potential challenges to judicial independence. The FCT minister's motives and priorities have come under scrutiny, with concerns raised about potential chaos and the need to focus on the basic needs of FCT residents.

FCT, Abuja - Human rights lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, on Wednesday, August 23, warned the new Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike, that the Nigerian administrative center is not Rivers state.

Ejiofor, in a veiled social media post, predicted that Wike, the immediate past governor of Rivers state, will take an "anarchical path."

The legal practitioner also projected that Wike's emergence as FCT Minister will herald a plethora of legal tussles.

He wrote:

"FCT High Court will soon be inundated with litigations that will herald this infamous despotic unguarded declaration under the new regime.

"Certainly, FCT is not Rivers State where even Judicial officers may be intimidated.

"Lawyers should also fasten their seatbelts for the festival of cases that will be given birth by the anarchical path soon to be taken by the new FCT emperor."

Recall that Wike issued a threat of illegal building demolitions during his inaugural address at the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) office on Monday, August 21.

He also vowed that the government would revoke undeveloped portions of land sold to people.

In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that Daniel Bwala, an aide to the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, urged Wike to be careful.

Bwala, a legal practitioner, in a post shared on his X page (formerly known as Twitter) on Monday, August 21, warned Wike not to create chaos. He highlighted the basic needs of the FCT residents that the former governor should prioritize.

Legit.ng also reported that at least 6,000 illegal structures in the FCT across 30 areas might be demolished by the federal government.

During his first press conference, the Minister of the FCT, Wike, on Monday, August 21, said there is a need to restore the master plan of Abuja, and there would be no room for any form of distortion.

With Ejiofor's warning and concerns raised about Wike's approach, the FCT High Court might indeed face a surge in legal battles as individuals and organizations challenge the demolitions and land revocations threatened by the new FCT Minister.

Ejiofor's reference to the FCT not being like Rivers state draws attention to potential challenges to judicial independence in the FCT. Given Wike's track record in Rivers state, concerns about the potential for intimidation and interference in the judiciary may arise.

While the restoration of Abuja's master plan and addressing land development issues are significant, attention must also be given to the basic needs of the FCT residents. The concerns raised by Bwala, emphasizing the importance of avoiding chaos and prioritizing the well-being of the people, cannot be ignored.

As the FCT embarks on this new phase under Wike's leadership, it remains to be seen how the legal battles and potential issues surrounding judicial independence will unfold. The festival of cases predicted by Ejiofor may soon become a reality in the FCT High Court, further shaping the path of Wike's tenure and his decisions as the FCT Minister.

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