The Administration of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, today, July 11, commenced the demolition of no fewer than 120 houses, fences and illegal attachments, especially in Lokogoma District.
The demolition is being carried out after the expiration of two-week ultimatum given to the residents and owners of such buildings that have been obstructing flood plains and natural water channels to evacuate from the properties.
It is confirmed that similar demolition will also soon be carried out in other mass housing districts of Kafe and karsana where such violations exist.
The Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration, Chinyeaka Ohaa ordered the enforcement team of the Department of Development Control to commence the removal exercise from the IPENT II Estate of the District.
At the demolition site, the Director in Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima said that the exercise may last for one month, considering the difficult terrain.
He said that legal action might be taken against offending developers as the Department is working very closely with the Legal Secretariat of the FCTA to consider its legal options.
Galadima stressed that the offending developers will not go scot-free, even as he said that all the structures being removed had received stop-work and demolition notices long before the exercise commenced today.
Lokogoma District is situated in an area through which Rivers Wumba and Kabusa navigate. However, several developers constructed houses on flood plains and water channels which often lead to severe flooding that affect lives and property.