FCTA Warns Residents Inscribing ‘Gbagyi House’ On Illegal Structures Marked for Demolition

By: Sunday Shekwonya

Authority of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has warned residents of Abuja against inscribing ‘Gbagyi house’ on illegal structures marked for demolition.

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

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

Attah said: “We are not touching houses of the indigenous people, we are not ignorant of the fact that they have rights to resettlement and compensation.”

The SSA noted that, those who are non indigenes and have become so mischievous to write all over their houses, ‘Gbagyi House’, will not vindicate them as they might have thought of it, because we have dictated it in the process of carrying out the exercise that the act is fake.

Attah also noted that, “we have men who are undercover agents and have been living in those houses, and as a result of this, it has come to the notice of the team that some houses does not belongs to the indigenous people as it appeared through the inscription”.

He added that, almost all the community leaders have been consulted and they have promised to cooperate with the team of the exercise by providing the necessary information at their disposal to aid the exercise.

Attah, however, advised that, people should desist from taking law into their hands by avoiding the habit of giving and receiving money from non indigenes to give them cover.