Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has disowned Prince Joseph Kpokpogiri, after the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) pulled down his Multi- Million Naira Mansion in Guzape district.
Officials of FHA, alongside its Managing Director, Gbenga Ashafa at the scene of the demolition admitted that the plot of land originally belongs to FHA, but the owner did not obtain building plan approval before erecting the mansion.
Ashafa affirmed that notices to stop work were served at different stages of the work, but Kpokpogiri refused to comply: even when he was promised replacement.
The Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, Shehu Hadi who was also in the team that visited the site, said that the road alignment had been mapped out long ago and FHA was duly notified.
The FCDA Boss explained that the road alignment which the demolished building obstructs, was designed to serve as an important bypass to Abuja-Keffi axis.
He added that any plan to realign the road because of the building would be difficult.
Also speaking, the Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima maintained that an unapproved structure of that Magnitude can not be allowed to over ride public interest.
Galadima who said that FHA was duly allocated the district to carry out its Mass Housing programme, said the mansion was obstructing a major road network, connecting the popular Apo bridge to many parts of the city.
According to Galadima, FHA was directed to stop any further development on the affected plots, as replacement plots were being considered for affected persons.
The FCT Development Control Boss who said all necessary communications were properly documented, denied lack of inter-agency collaboration between FCTA and FHA.
” There is adequate inter-agency Corporation, the Federal Housing Authority ( FHA) approached the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for allocation, and they were given approval and were asked to make sure that whatever they do aligned with the approval
” The plot in question was part of what was in the allocation, but because of the importance of the road, we wrote to FHA, notifying it that a number of your plots have affected the realignment of the road, and that we are going to give it replacement plots.
We told them that no development should be allowed on the plots, and this was around 2019, we came for site visit and have given them notice. We even marked the building for demolition, but the owner cleaned it off”, Galadima said.
Speaking to Journalists, Prince Joseph Kpokpogiri, the estranged lover of popular Nollywood star, Tonto Dikeh alleged that his building worth 700million naira was demolished over his refusal to sell the property to some ” powerful ” individuals that had approached him to sell the property to them.
Kpokpogiri who lamented that he had been oppressed, promised to do everything within the armbit of the law to get justice over his demolished building.
By Remi Johnson