Imoke, Udo Udoma, Ex-Senate Whip, 162 others hit as Wike revokes FCT lands

Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, Revokes 165 Abuja Lands Including Notable Nigerians’ Holdings

In a significant move aimed at upholding land use regulations in the Federal Capital Territory, Minister Nyesom Wike has revoked a total of 165 land plots in Abuja. The revocation encompasses properties, some of which belong to prominent individuals, and comes as a response to violations and contraventions of the Right of Occupancy’s development terms.

The announcement of this sweeping decision was made through an official document signed by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olushade Adeshola. The document cites the Minister’s authority, derived from Section 28 (5) (a) and (b) of the Land Use Act of 1978, as the basis for the revocations. The primary reason stated in the document is “non-development,” indicating that these properties failed to meet the stipulated development conditions.

Among those affected by this comprehensive revocation order are individuals who have held prominent positions in Nigeria’s public and private sectors. Notable names include:

1. Udoma Udoma – Former Senate Chief Whip
2. Senator Liyel Imoke – Former Cross River Governor
3. Ufot Ekaette – First Minister of Niger Delta
4. Sam Nda-Isaiah (Late) – Publisher of Leadership Newspaper

Minister Nyesom Wike, known for his strong commitment to upholding land use regulations in the nation’s capital, had previously stated his intention to revoke lands found in violation of the Abuja Land Use Act, regardless of the individuals involved.

This move underscores the government’s dedication to ensuring that land in the Federal Capital Territory is used in compliance with established regulations. It sends a clear message that no entity or individual, regardless of their stature, will be exempt from adhering to these essential land development guidelines.

The revocation of these 165 land plots represents a significant step in restoring order and adherence to the Right of Occupancy’s development terms in Abuja. It is anticipated that this action will encourage responsible land development and safeguard the integrity of land use regulations in the Federal Capital Territory.