26 July 2020 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it will prosecute the developer and revoke property title of the building under construction that collapsed on Friday, killing a middle aged man in Dawaki, Abuja,
Acting Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Malam Abdulhamid Sulaiman made this known to journalists during a visit to the scene of the incidence.
Malam Sulaiman who decried the level of lawlessness and impunity with which the developer continued the construction without yielding to warnings, insisted that the developer would be brought to book.
His words:”The developer and his coconspirators will be punished. I assure you, the FCTA is not going to tolerate it…we will recommend for possible revocation of this plot…even at the service of stop work notice…the developer ignored it and continued “
Malam Sulaiman maintained that the prosecution of the developer and revocation of the building plan and approval, would Serve as a deterent to other developers in the city.
Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss noted that the 10 persons trapped in the collapsed two storey building were rescued with one fatality that was taken to the hospital.
On his part, Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima corroborated that his department had earlier served the developer stop work notice on 17th of July, 2020 when he embarked on modification of the bungalow without securing appropriate approval.
“It is really unfortunate that we are recording building collapse during this critical period in our nation’s history. That is why we try as much as possible to see what we can do in collaboration with other stakeholders to avert building collapse” Galadima said.
Also speaking, the Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Alhaji Baba Shehu Lawan who urged developers to desist from indiscriminate felling of trees, also called on residents to stop dumping refuse into drainages to prevent flooding that may occur as a result of such practices.