FCT TOP OFFICIALS IN LAND RACKETEERING SCAM

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FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello

 

By Our Reporter

A scandal of monumental proportion is currently rocking the Federal Capital Territory Administration as top officials of the FCT under the watch of the minister, Muhammed Bello are allegedly embroiled in land racketeering.

 They issued fake documents and letters of land allocation to members of the public in exchange for money.

This much was disclosed to newsmen by the Acting coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Abdulhamid Sulaiman.

He advised the public to follow due process and proper channel in acquiring land in the capital city.

“The FCT Administration is already aware that some unscrupulous elements, in connivance with some officials, are reportedly issuing letters of allocation in this respect. Anybody caught dealing on these illegal allocations will not only be dealt with in the Civil Service way, but will also be prosecuted,”

Sulaiman added that only the Minister of FCT has the power to allocate land in the territory, be it open spaces, green areas or recreational parks.

“Yes, I can tell you without mincing words that the exclusive powers to allocate land in the nation’s capital were delegated to the Minister by President and Commander-in-Chief, as the Governor-General of FCT’.

‘There was an existing embargo on land allocation for green areas, recreational parks and open spaces in the FCT, any allocation or transaction with respect to these land purposes while the embargo subsists was “null and void.”

“So any transaction outside the Minister’s approval is deemed illegal and illegitimate and will be prosecuted and the culprit punished accordingly’

“In addition to that, I also want to draw the attention of the public to strict adherence to development control guidelines because the FCT is a planned city, based on the Abuja Master Plan and all the regulations must be followed in order to avoid distortion that could risk destruction of lives and property.

“Therefore, those willing to develop their legitimately and legally allocated land should approach the Development Control department for guidance and proper approval before they can commence development.” He said

Sulaiman also advised the public to desist from and avoid construction of structures along river courses and flood plains to mitigate devastating effects of flood in parts of the FCT.

This much was disclosed to newsmen by the Acting coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Abdulhamid Sulaiman.

He advised the public to follow due process and proper channel in acquiring land in the capital city.

“The FCT Administration is already aware that some unscrupulous elements, in connivance with some officials, are reportedly issuing letters of allocation in this respect. Anybody caught dealing on these illegal allocations will not only be dealt with in the Civil Service way, but will also be prosecuted,”

Sulaiman added that only the Minister of FCT has the power to allocate land in the territory, be it open spaces, green areas or recreational parks.

“Yes, I can tell you without mincing words that the exclusive powers to allocate land in the nation’s capital were delegated to the Minister by President and Commander-in-Chief, as the Governor-General of FCT’.

‘There was an existing embargo on land allocation for green areas, recreational parks and open spaces in the FCT, any allocation or transaction with respect to these land purposes while the embargo subsists was “null and void.”

“So any transaction outside the Minister’s approval is deemed illegal and illegitimate and will be prosecuted and the culprit punished accordingly’

“In addition to that, I also want to draw the attention of the public to strict adherence to development control guidelines because the FCT is a planned city, based on the Abuja Master Plan and all the regulations must be followed in order to avoid distortion that could risk destruction of lives and property.

“Therefore, those willing to develop their legitimately and legally allocated land should approach the Development Control department for guidance and proper approval before they can commence development.” He said

Sulaiman also advised the public to desist from and avoid construction of structures along river courses and flood plains to mitigate devastating effects of flood in parts of the FCT.

 

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