Stop inscribing ‘Gbagyi house’ on illegal structures, FCTA warns residents

Stop inscribing ‘Gbagyi house’ on illegal structures,  FCTA warns residents

Stop inscribing ‘Gbagyi house’ on illegal structures,  FCTA warns residents

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Monday in Abuja warned residents against inscribing ‘Gbagyi house’ on illegal structures marked for demolition.

Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, issued the warning when he led a team to demolish illegal structures at Kabusa village.

Mr Attah stated that while the administration would respect the rights of the original inhabitants to resettlement and compensation, it would not hesitate to pull down all illegal houses belonging to non indigenes.

He warned those who allegedly collected money from the owners of illegal structures to desist before the law would catch up with them.

Mr Attah said: “We are not touching houses of the indigenous people, we are clear on that. They have rights to resettlement and compensation.

“But those who are non indigenes, who have become so mischievous to go and write all over their houses, ‘Gbagyi House’, we see that there and when we get there, we know the indigenous houses.

“We have men who are undercover agents and have been living there and have guided it. So those who are non indigenes and are writing such inscriptions on their buildings, we will remove all of them.

“The indigenes are here. The native Chiefs are here, the Senior Special Adviser to the Minister on Youths and Community Relations is here.

”They know their houses and we also know the indigenous houses as well. Those who collect money from non indigenes to give them cover will not stand.”

The minister’s aide said the team would sustain demolition of illegal structures in Kabusa until all illegal structures fueling insecurity in the neighbourhood were removed.

Mr Attah added: “There have been cases of kidnapping around some key estates around here stretching down to the Apo axis which we will be taking down every illegal settlement around here.

“We will be doing all of that and continuation of what the Department of Development Control started.

”That’s the removal of illegal structures where FCTA allocate lands and people sold the land to other people without papers and they built upon it.

“I don’t know how many houses will go down today, but as many as the illegalities you see around here are going down.

”Many have taken off their roofs that show they know they are illegal structures and must play host to the bulldozers.”

On his part, the Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Community Relations, Isaac David, said the original inhabitants would always welcome any form of development in their communities.

Mr David, however, appealed that the welfare of the indigenous people, which was backed by the constitution, be respected.