Written by Austine ELEMUE

AMMC Demolishes Over 60 Shanties in Kado

The bulldozers of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, has pulled down over 600 squatter's settlement popularly known as Angwan Saidu, located behind Nigeria Air Force, NAF, Conference Hall, in Kado district.

Speaking to journalists at the demolition site, a deputy director in charge of monitoring and evaluation, Development Control, Mr. Garba Kwamkur, vowed that the government would not be cowed in restoring the sanctity of the Abuja Master plan.

Kwamkur used the occasion to confirm that the occupants were forewarned before the demolition exercise, adding that his department strictly adhered to due process and even a grace period before the actual demolition.

He equally used the opportunity to advise owners of landed property in Abuja, particularly where infrastructure has been provided, to quickly take possession of their property, else the department would be left with no option but to initiate their revocation process, by recommending such action to the Abuja Geographic Information Systems, AGIS.

Kwamkur also threatened that owners of the property did not only risk having their property revoked but that they would be made to pay for demolition of illegal structures on their plots.

The deputy director further warned those leaving in similar illegal structures to move out because his department would soon move in to remove them.

He said: “Abuja is a planned city, so when people come in and just build without permits, we always give them necessary notices before demolishing them. In some cases, owners are desirous of taking over their property for development, but they cannot because of the illegal developments on them. We met and discussed with them that was why we are having a peaceful exercise like this”.

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