The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has announced the revocation of 167 plots of land in some highbrow districts of Abuja, affecting notable Nigerians like Peter Obi, Donubari Kogbara, and BUA International, among others.
Areas affected are Maitama, Gudu, Wuye, which had the highest revocation, 41; Katampe, Katampe Extension, Wuse 2, Jabi, Utako, Idu Industrial zone, and Asokoro, which had the second highest revocation, 39.
In a notice issued Thursday night in Abuja, the administration said the plots were revoked due to the refusal or failure of their allottees to develop them.
“The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA hereby informs the general public that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory has, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978, revoked the underlisted plots with names and titles as reflected in our records for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy to wit non-development”, the administration said in the notice signed by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola.
Some of the plots revoked in Maitama district A05 had names like Liyel Imoke, Musa Aboki Egu, Hassan Hadejia, and Ishaya Baba.
In Jabi, some of the plots revoked had allottees such as Sam Nda-Isaiah, and Donubari Josephine Kogbara, while Katampe district had Peter Gregory Obi, BUA international, among others.
In other areas, this revocation had names such as Julius Berger Nigeria, Honeywell Construction, Uffot Joseph Ekaette, Shittu Mohammed, Kanu Agabi, Niki Niki Tobi, and Ishaku Bello.
Other notable Nigerians affected by the revocation order are former Senate Chief Whip, Udoma Udo Udoma, former Cross River Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, the first Minister of Niger Delta, Ufot Ekaette, and late publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.
On assumption of office, Wike had vowed to restore the master plan of the territory and revoke plots that had not been developed or those whose ground rents had not been paid for years.
He consequently gave allottees a two-week grace to pay their ground rents or risk revocation of their allocations.