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Abuja Developer Vows Legal Action Against FCT Minister After Demolition of Duplex

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Abuja developer, Mohammed Kamba has vowed to sue the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, and the Director of Development Control for abuse of power.

The move comes after the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, demolished a duplex under construction at Plot 226, Cotonou Street, Wuse Zone 6, citing lack of a valid land title.

Through his counsel Okechukwu C. Uju-Azorji, Kamba issued a press statement on Friday,  September 1, 2023, announcing intentions to file contempt proceedings against Minister Wike for abuse of FCT High Court processes.

Kamba claims he had legal ownership of the property and accuses the FCTA of exceeding its authority.

The developer insists that the disputed plot was purchased from its original owner, Oyebade Lipede, who had constructed a guest house (also known as “Boys’ Quarters”) on the land.

According to Kamba, Lipede had been collecting rent on the property for over 25 years before selling it to him in 2019.

“Our client bought the property during the lifetime of the original allottee, Oyebade Lipede,” said Uju-Azorji. “A Grade 1 Area Court Judge dismissed the suit against our client, specifically advising that the matter be referred to the FCT High Court as it has become an issue of title to land.”

Despite the court’s guidance, the developer’s legal team says that an Abuja-based legal practitioner has been “busy approaching different segments of the Federal Capital Territory Administration,” suggesting that the individual has enjoyed the support of some within the FCTA who “bought into his narrative that the plot belonged to the late Alake of Egbaland.”

Uju-Azorji adds, “We will also join the Director of Development Control of the FCTA to the pending suit for abuse of office.”

The confrontation comes amid increasing scrutiny over land-use regulations in Nigeria’s capital.

Property developers and individual owners have long clashed over who holds legitimate titles to various plots of land.

Experts suggest this case could serve as a legal precedent, affecting how property disputes are settled in the Federal Capital Territory as we advance.

As the legal battle looms, observers await to see how the FCT Administration and the Director of Development Control will respond, and whether Kamba’s vow to commit them to prison will materialize.

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