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We’ve marked 500 illegal buildings for demolition in Abuja, says FCTA



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it has marked 500 illegal houses and structures for demolition in Dutsen-Garki in the Apo district of Abuja.

Mukhtar Galadima, FCTA director of the department of development control, spoke on Wednesday after a meeting with the leaders of the community.

Galadima, who was represented at the meeting by Hassan Ogbole, FCTA deputy director of monitoring and enforcement, said all structures found to have been illegally acquired or built would be demolished.

He expressed concerns that many residents are in the habit of acquiring properties and lands from the natives without approval from the FCTA.

“This is unacceptable to the FCT administration,” NAN quoted Galadima as saying.

He said the meeting with the locals was in line with the reform agenda of the administration to consult the natives before any demolition exercise to avoid storming the area unannounced.

Galadima added that the sit-down was to also intimate the leaders of the affected community and the public on the intended exercise.

He further said an agreement has been reached with the community leaders to embark on marking houses and structures illegally built by non-indigenes in two weeks’ time, after which the demolition exercise would take place.

The director advised residents against contacting locals for land acquisition, urging them to approach the right agency saddled with such a responsibility.

Galadima also advised the locals against selling off lands and properties to non-indigenes or expanding without the approval of the authorities.

In his remarks, Kak Bello, deputy director of monitoring and enforcement of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), said besides erecting illegal structures, some people also build on waterways.

“This is not good for the environment. Building on flood plains and dumping of refuse on waterways contribute to the environmental problems being experienced in some parts of FCT,” Bello said.

“I urge people to be law-abiding and desist from building illegally and on flood plains.”


Gunmen abducts CAC members travelling for burial in Ondo




Some members of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) in Oke Igan, Akure, Ondo state capital have been abducted.

The Ondo police command confirmed the abduction on Saturday.

The church members were reportedly travelling for a burial ceremony when they were attacked and abducted by gunmen at Ifon in Ose LGA of the state.

Olufunmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, police spokesperson in the state, said the victims were kidnapped on Friday afternoon.

“Yesterday afternoon, the police was informed that a church bus with the inscription CAC was abandoned around Elegbeka area and there are suspicions that the passengers in the vehicle were kidnapped,” Odunlami-Omisanya said.

“The police anti-kidnapping squad and other tactical teams have been deployed to the area to rescue the victims and arrest all involved in the crime.”

A family member of one of the abductees, who did not want to be named, said the victims are members of the church’s choir.

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Lagos state government announces closure of Ojuelegba Flyover Bridge for repair of truck barrier




The Lagos State Government has announced traffic diversion at Ojuelegba flyover bridge on the night of Monday, October 2, 2023, from 10pm to 6am.

This is in line with plans by the state government to repair the truck barrier at the bridge which was recently damaged again.

This is contained in a statement issued by the state government on Friday, September 29, 2023, and can be seen on its official X (formerly Twitter) account.

The state government in the statement said that the following alternative routes will be available to Motorists during the diversion:

Motorists from Eko Bridge/Constain/Iponri inbound Ojuelegba/Alhaji Masha Road will be diverted to the service lane from Alaka via the National Stadium gate to link Barracks or Alhaji Masha Road to continue their journeys.
Motorists from Eko Bridge via Costain and those from Apapa Road going through Iponri will make use of Iponri Estate Road to link Bode Thomas via Adeniran Ogunsanya to Shitta Roundabout for their desired destinations.
Motorists were implored to be patient as the brief closure of the bridge is planned for night time as part of a traffic management strategy to avert further accidents and loss of lives.

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Mohbad: Witnesses to appear October 13 as coroner begins sitting




The coroner’s inquest into the death of the singer Mohbad began sitting in Lagos on Friday.

Mohbad, 27, died on September 12 and was buried the next day.

The circumstances surrounding his death have sparked controversies on social media.

Thousands of Nigerians have demanded justice for Mohbad in nationwide protests.

On September 18, the Lagos police inaugurated a 13-man special investigation team to probe Mohbad’s death.

On Tuesday, the Lagos state judiciary said it will begin a coroner’s inquest into Mohbad’s death following a request submitted by Falana & Falana Chambers.

The first sitting was held on Friday at the Candide Johnson court in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Representatives of the parties in the case had a close-door session to determine different matters.

Funmi Falana, a lawyer representing Mohbad’s family, told BBC that the sitting was to determine the persons of interest to be invited to the court.

She said people should be hopeful as the lawyers will pursue the cause of justice.

“What we did today was to determine the how and what procedures to follow to help us get justice. We have fixed the next date and we will bring in our witnesses,” she said.

“We are representing the interest of justice, we should allow peace to reign but justice must be served. We will get to the root cause of the death”.

Festus Ogun, a Lagos-based lawyer, said any witness who fails to appear in court will be charged with contempt of court.

The court thereafter fixed October 13 for witnesses to present their pieces of evidence in court.

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