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Thu, Jul 13, 2023 10:15 AM

Illegal Structures Demolished in Abuja Village to Restore rightful Owners' Possession

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Illegal Structures Demolished in Abuja Village to Restore rightful Owners' Possession
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has taken a bold step to remove hundreds of allegedly illegal developments in Gishiri village, Abuja. The demolitions were carried out to restore rightful owners' possession of encroached plots and rights of ways. While some affected residents have expressed concerns, the FCTA emphasizes the importance of adhering to legal allocations. Find out more about the ongoing efforts to reclaim the village.

ABUJA - In keeping with its commitment to restore encroached plots so that the rightful owners can take possession, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday removed hundreds of allegedly illegal developments from Gishiri village in the Katampe District.

Two bulldozers were used to pull down the structures that had been illegally built for residential, commercial, educational, and religious purposes inside of peoples' plots and rights of ways by representatives of the FCTA's Department of Development Control. They were joined by joint security personnel.

Some of those affected complained that they had just finished paying their rent a week earlier, but others said that their landlords were requesting payment before demolishing their homes.

Also, it was observed that the owners of the legally allocated plots have started taking possession of their land by erecting perimeter fences round their respective plots, as they are encouraged to do so by the FCTA.

Explaining the exercise, the District Monitor of Katampe and Mabushi Districts of the FCT, Town Planner, Samson Atureta said it has been ongoing as the extensions are actually on peoples legally allocated plots in the area.

According to him: "There are so many illegal developments and the village extensions, that's why we had to clear them, because these extensions are actually on peoples legally allocated plots.

"So, what we are doing here is to ensure that all those developments that are village extensions are removed, even as we are trying to be careful not to tamper with the houses where indigenes are living in.

"Government might take time, because of procedures, eventually they will get there. So, today is one of those days that they are here. We can't help it as these extensions have to go, so as to allow the legal owners take possession of ideally allocated plots.

Speaking on whether the people were duly notified prior to the exercise, he said: "Yes, as the District Monitor, I have gotten approval to remove Gishiri more than a year ago, but we were just waiting for the logistics. And we finally got greenlight that we are going to do it, I met the Director, Development Control thal he should permit me to give them another notice. So we just gave final notice, a week before we really started the removal exercise."

Also commenting on the number of structures removed so far, he said: "They are in hundreds, as we can't really give the actual number now, even though our site officials are working on it, so that we will be able to give proper numbering of houses we have removed. We are counting as we remove them, but I dare say that we have removed hundreds if not a thousand.

"We started about a month or two ago, but because we didn't have logistics including the security backing, so we have to really arrange for them to come. This is the fourth them we are coming here for the exercise."

Meanwhile, one of the affected persons, Mama Blessing, who runs a drinking joint and resides in the area, laments that: "Even though that we know that they will come and do something like this, at least they would have given us enough time to leave and relocate to another place.

"For me, I'm still looking for a place to relocate, but my appeal to the government is that they should help us relocate to another, as the suffering is too much.

"We are not rejecting the demolition exercise as we knew that it is government land. But please let them give a time leave, because to suddenly quit is not easy especially when we don't have another place to go to."

The removal of illegal structures in Gishiri village, Abuja has garnered attention as the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) continues its efforts to restore the rightful owners' possession of encroached plots and rights of ways.

With the use of bulldozers, the FCTA's Department of Development Control, accompanied by joint security personnel, demolished numerous structures built for residential, commercial, educational, and religious purposes. These structures had encroached upon plots and rights of ways of the legally allocated owners.

While some affected residents expressed dissatisfaction, claiming to have paid recent rent or requesting sufficient notice to relocate, the FCTA highlights the importance of adhering to legal allocations and procedures set forth to restore order and rightful ownership.

The District Monitor of Katampe and Mabushi Districts of the FCT, Town Planner Samson Atureta, explained that the demolition exercise was necessary to remove the many illegal extensions on legally allocated plots within the village. The objective is to allow the rightful owners to occupy their ideally allocated plots without encroachments.

Although the exact number of structures demolished has yet to be determined, officials are diligently assessing the situation and aim to provide a complete enumeration. However, it is estimated that hundreds, if not a thousand, structures have already been removed.

The exercise, which began around a month or two ago, faced delays due to logistical challenges, including ensuring adequate security support. Despite potential inconvenience to residents, Atureta stated that the removal had been discussed and approved more than a year ago, and a final notice was issued a week before the exercise commenced.

The ongoing demolition serves as a significant step towards reclaiming the rightful owners' possession and restoring the order in Gishiri village. The FCTA urges affected residents to cooperate while emphasizing that the process aims to uphold land tenure and rightful ownership.

One affected resident, Mama Blessing, who operates a drinking joint in the area, acknowledged the government's authority to reclaim the land and emphasized the need for sufficient time to relocate. She appealed to the government for assistance in finding alternative relocation options, highlighting the hardships faced by affected individuals.

As the demolition continues, the FCTA reaffirms its commitment to resolving land encroachment issues while promoting fairness and adherence to legal procedures. The exercise not only restores the rightful owners' possession but also paves the way for long-term development and sustainable land management in Abuja.

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