Officials of the Abuja Developmental Control, an agency of the Federal Capital Territory have embarked on the demolition of uncompleted buildings in the city centre.
According to officials of the agency, the exercise was carried out to reduce security risk and prevent collapse of buildings in the nation’s capital.
Over 500 owners of uncompleted buildings within the city are at risk of losing their property to the exercise.
The demolition commenced after over four months of publicity and notices were sent to owners of the uncompleted buildings in the Federal Capital Territory from the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority.
While some property owners complied with the agency’s action, others found it hard to do so.
According to the agency, most of the over 500 uncompleted buildings have failed quality tests and had become threats to the residents of the capital city.
The agency explained that it was acting within a legal framework which property owners are aware of.
An Abuja High Court has freed former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, of charges of abuse of power.
The former FCT minister, now a leading member of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, was charged under the Corruption and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 for using his position to corruptly revoke a plot of land from its previous owners – Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc – and re-award same to his wife, Hadiza Ahmed El-Rufai.
The court gave the verdict acquitting Mr. El-rufai of criminal charges on Friday morning.
In his reaction, Mr El-Rufai said that he holds no grudges against his accusers. His media aide, Muyiwas Adekeye said: “It is a vindication he never doubted will come, confident in his innocence and the integrity with which he served this country.”
“Despite the magnitude of the pains he has endured, El Rufai has decided to put all this in the past. He intends to move on, stepping confidently into the future with forgiveness and goodwill, devoid of the cobwebs of grudge.”
Mr. El-Rufai has been on trial since 2008.