Land racketeering: Top FCTA officials fingered
Indications have emerged that some top officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, are involved in land racketeering and have been issuing letters of land allocation for monetary compensation.
Making the revelation, the Acting Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Abdulhamid Sulaiman, read the riot act to the unnamed official racketeers that the game was up.
He warned members of the public not to fall victim to such criminal activities, but always ensure that they get any land allocation through the right channels as lands fraudulently acquired will be revoked.
“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 told journalists.
According to him, the only authority on land issuance, which includes open spaces, green areas, etc, is the Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello.
He added that the exclusive powers to allocate land in the nation’s capital were delegated to the minister by the president.
The AMMC boos further disclosed that there was an existing embargo on land allocation for green areas, recreational parks and open spaces in the FCT, stressing that 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.”