Nyanya residents, whose properties have been demolished, are calling on the Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohamed Bello, to investigate the Abuja Development Department for the illegal demolition.
The owners of demolished properties said that the Minister should also go through the crises arising from the destruction of their properties in Abuja and settle the parties amicably.
In a press briefing, the group also called on the National Human Rights Commission to urgently look into the violation of their basic human right to live and own property within the Nigerian state.
During the minister’s appeal, the group’s spokesman, Abu Andrew, said Bello had been misled into agreeing to the demolition on the grounds that the land was under a high-tension electricity pole.
According to him, this allegation was false and misleading to a man who trusted the FCT team to provide him with correct information as he was administering the Federal Capital Territory, including the Nyanya Extension.
The displaced realtors also said the disputed land was acquired six years ago from a real estate company, Niyi Olamide Ventures (formerly F&B Ventures).
The landlords said they have invested in the property over the years by developing the land and providing the access road and electricity to the property.
They argued that when they received a notice of demolition, they approached the Development Monitoring Center in Abuja; The department did not say it violated any laws from its jurisdiction, such as building on a sewer line, power line, drainage, or road access.
The group said the FCT Minister needs to look into the matter and ensure that community members are protected from arbitrary actions influenced by disinformation to serve interests that undermine public trust in government.
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