We are not demolishing Mpape houses yet- FCT

The FCT administration, Thursday, demolished a popular market in Mpape.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has denied rumours that it has commenced the demolition of houses in Mpape, a suburb of Abuja that houses thousands of residents

Nathaniel Atebiji, the Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Department of Development Control, of the FCT, said this in Abuja during the demolition of some ‘shanties’ in Mpape.

“We did not demolish any house, it is just shanties built with wood where hoodlums are hiding that we removed,’’ Mr. Atebiji said.

The Abuja administration official said the “shanties” were removed for security reasons. He said the place was a make-shift market that had served as a hideout for hoodlums.

Some residents of Mpape had gone to court to challenge the planned demolition, from August 31, of the area. Though the presiding judge for the case refused to grant an order expressly stopping the FCT administration from demolishing Mpape homes, he advised all parties not to take any action until the determination of the suit.

The Attorney General of the federation, Mohammed Adoke, in a letter, Thursday, also advised the FCT, and its minister, Bala Mohammed, not to demolish houses in Mpape until a ruling is given on the matter.

Some of the traders operating in the “shanties” demolished on Thursday however lamented their loss.

“We paid money to some market officials to make use of the space allocated to us,” said Helen Nwachukwu, a trader. “We heard that the space where the market is belongs to one man and he wants to make use of his land; that is the reason for the demolition of this particular place.”

The market demolished on Thursday is a popular one in Mpape called ‘Friday Market.’


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  • Mr. Akhamiogu Divine

    I am Mr. Akhamiogu Divine, a landlord at Eneje in Mpape.
    I want to ask of the present position of the authority over the demolition after all the appeal by CJN and other well meaning Nigerians cos we do not want to loose house and house-hold property the same day.
    l also want to use this medium to beg the authority that the one month ultimatum given is not enough for so many reason among which are:
    1) the non availability of money to relocate within the period as we were not having it in plan to relocate so shortly. l went to Karu just to find out that a 2 bedroom flat goes for N700,000. This is harsh.
    2) the logistics involved assuming the money was there. Four weeks are actually not enough to do this. It can be difficult at times to get apartment
    3) There is a serious hike on fare in FCT following the unwanted strike by NUPENG in FCT. It becomes difficult to move things around with such exorbitant house rent that landlords who did not plan paying rent should start paying now.
    4) If the government actually has a plan to establish a social housing scheme that will be affordable to those that have and will be affected as told by president Goodluck Jonathan and senator Bala Mohamed, why not do so before the demolition. Instead of paying rent of N700,000 in Karu for instance, that could be part of what to pay to afford the affordable houses by government. It does not take more than one year to do this! This will make him the hero and ameliorate the suffering of the people and also would not need mopol and soldiers to do the demolition.