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Security : FCTA Seals Abandoned Buildings At Maitama

In a bid to ensure the security of lives and property in the FCT Department of Development Control, has sealed off an uncompleted 3 storey building located at plot 22 Cadastral zone, A05, Udi Hills Street, Maitama which is reportedly posing security threats to residents of the area. In

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello personally led a team of FCTA and Security officials to the location today in Abuja.

The Minister who was accompanied by the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) Umar Shuaibu, the Solicitor General of the FCTA, Garduya Bawa Ganiya, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the FCT, Mr. Magawata and other officials of the FCTA, went round the building which also has a basement parking area.

In the course of inspecting the structure, evidences of unwholesome activities were discovered and some squatters who were found in the building were immediately apprehended by security operatives.

Malam Bello said drastic steps would be taken to ensure that abandoned and uncompleted buildings within the city do not pose threats to residents.

On his part, Coordinator of AMMC who said that integrity tests would be carried out on the structure, assured that the allocation will be revoked and the building pulled down should the structure fail the integrity test.

“The building has been abandoned for a very long time, and presently, the FCT Administration has a policy of taking actions on abandoned buildings in the city.We have security challenges. This structure is susceptible to be used by criminals. Also, by the time a building is left unused for a long time, it is subject to rot and weakening; and this could trigger collapse of the structure in the future. “

On his part, Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima explained that the Administration in the past, met with owners of abandoned buildings in the Territory and agreed that they would conduct integrity tests and complete them.

He however regretted that while others resumed work and completed, some did not, even as he disclosed there were measures to curb the issue of abandoned buildings in the FCT

In his remarks, the Assistant Commissioner of Police said that the squatters apprehended in the building will be further interrogated to ascertain their true identities and their activities in the building.

Cov /Remi Johnson. Edited By Grace Namiji

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