The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, has taken the step of revoking 165 land titles in Abuja, some of which were owned by prominent individuals.
As detailed in an official document endorsed by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olushade Adeshola, this measure was initiated due to infringements and contraventions of the regulations governing land development within the Right of Occupancy, including actions by Nyesom Wike, the Federal Capital Territory Minister.
The document states, “The Federal Capital Territory Administration hereby announces to the general public that, in accordance with the authority vested in him by Section 28 (5) (a) and (b) of the Land Use Act, 1978, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory has revoked the specified plots, along with the associated names and titles as documented in our records. This action is due to their ongoing non-compliance with the terms and conditions related to land development.”
Among the plots that were revoked, some were owned by notable figures, including Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, as well as Udoma Udoma, a former Senate Chief Whip. Additionally, former Cross River Governor Senator Liyel Imoke, the initial Minister of Niger Delta, Ufot Ekaette, and the deceased publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, also had their plots affected by this action.
From his very first day as FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike pledged to annul any landholding found to be in violation of the Abuja Land Use Act, regardless of the individuals involved.