Demolished Abuja estate: Developer seeks Tinubu’s intervention

Prince and Princess Ltd, developer of properties at a multi billion naira estate belonging to Praco Ltd, Thursday, sought President Bola Tinubu’s intervention to recover it property unlawfully demolished at Pot 581 E27 Cadastral Zone, Kugbo- Abuja.

The Developer, in a statement, lamented that officials of the Federal Capital Development Agency (FCDA), allegedly acting on the orders of the FCT Minister, Barr Nyesom Wike, had on Wednesday March 27, 2024, invaded the project site with a detachment of over 300 security personnel and destroyed the property.

According to the company’s Managing Director, Dr. Chukwudubem Ezekwelu, it was worrisome that the Minister would order the FCDA to demolish the property with registration number: FCDA/DC/BP/ASD/29163 validly approved by the FCT authorities even when the Motion on Notice fixed for hearing on 9th April 2024, is yet to be heard.

“Court processes showed that the demolition was against the subsisting judgements of courts and valid order of Interim Injunction by Justice Eleojo Enenche of the FCT High Court 44, Wuse Zone 2, issued on the 22nd of March, 2024 and served on the Minister, FCDA, the Deed Registrar of the FCDA, the Director of Urban and Regional Planning, security agencies and many others.

“The Order was to restrain the defendants, who include the minister, the FCDA and the rest from demolishing or destroying the developer’s properties, which include infrastructure and house on Plot 582 Kukwaba, 542 Kukwaba, 454 Guzape, 455 Guzape, 456 Guzape, 458 Guzape, 1577 Guzape, 4577 Maitama A6 Ltd, 5044 Maitama A6, 2444 Gwarinpa, 505 Wuye, 2129 Garki 1, 4143 Jikoyi, 4145 Jikoyi, 4147, 4149, 524 Kukwaba, 527 Kukwaba and 3037 Asokoro.

“The court recognised that the developer had put the properties on the afore-mentioned land after securing the defendants’ approval upon payments of the necessary fees pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction,” he said.

Ezekwelu also revealed that the owner of the property Praco International Limited, had earlier on the 7th of July, 2023, received the certificate for the Restoration of the Right of Occupancy for the land from the then FCT Minister, pursuant to a court order in Suit No FCT/HC/M/2318/2022.