Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, said the administration demolished 296 housing estates structures in the Kyami district of Abuja following due process and with a view to protecting the sanctity of the Abuja master plan.
The minister, in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Muhammad Sule, said instead of the rumoured 500 houses, the administration pulled down 296.
He gave the details to include Minanuel Estate, 198; Isvin Estate, 13; Jo-Afra, 54 and Grow-Insight, 6.
According to the statement, “the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reacted to reports that the recent demolition of illegal structures in the Kyami district of the Abuja along the Airport Road did not follow due process.
“The minister said that Kyami District where the affected structures were located, falls within the Phase V of the Federal Capital City, Abuja and the law is clear.
“According to him, the FCT development control discovered these illegal developments at their embryo stage and were swiftly told to stop work on August 20, 2011 with an instruction for the estate developer (Minanuel Estate) to present the title document for the plot, approved building plan, as well as comprehensive development plan which the developer disregarded.
“It is worth mentioning that at the early stage, the FCTA made frantic efforts to discourage the continuation of these illegal developments by removing their sub-structures and covering the excavations done, but after a while, the developers went back to site and resumed illegal developments at a frenzied speed.”