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Nyesom Wike Revokes 165 Lands In Abuja

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike has revoked 165 lands in Abuja, some of which belong to notable Nigerians. A document signed by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olushade Adeshola, reveals that the revocation was due to the violation and contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy. The document reads, "The Federal Capital Territory Administration hereby informs the general public that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28(5) (a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978, revoked the under listed plots with names and titles as reflected in our records for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy to wit non-development."

Some of the affected plots are situated within Central Business District, Maitama (A05); Maitama (A06); Wuse II (A08); Gudu (B01), and Wuye (B03).

Others are Jabi (B04); Utako (B05); Katampe Extension (B19); Idu Industrial Area (C16) and Asokoro (A04) Districts respectively.

Some notable Nigerians affected by the revocation order are former Senate Chief Whip, Udoma Udoma, former Cross River Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, the first Minister of Niger Delta, Ufot Ekaette, and the late publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

The Minister had on assumption of office vowed to restore the master plan of the FCT and revoke any land contravening the Abuja Land Use Act (involving plots that had not been developed or those whose ground rents have not been paid for years) no matter those involved.

He had consequently given a two-week grace to allottees to pay their ground rents or risk revocation of their allocations.