The Department of Development Control in Abuja on Friday said it would embark on demolition of more illegal structures in 2014.
The department’s Head of Public Relations, Kalu Emetu, gave the hint during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Mr. Emetu, therefore, urged residents to secure all necessary approvals before erecting any structures in the Nigerian capital.
The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) is responsible for granting permits for development, monitoring and enforcement of physical development in the territory.
Mr. Emetu said residents should cooperate with the department to ensure that Abuja remained a model city. He said it was necessary for developers to ensure that building plans were approved before construction.
He said improper planning of structures was responsible for existence of shanties and collapsed buildings.
He said the department was blamed whenever there was a building collapse in Abuja; saying, “That is why we need to intensify campaign to rid Abuja of illegal structures.”
“When you get approval, you benefit from expert opinion on the structure you are constructing.
“It is wrong for people to continue construction without land title or approved building plans. We will intensify sensitisation in 2014 so that residents will know what we are doing to cooperate more with us.
“Abuja is the pride of Nigeria and residents should cooperate with us to ensure that the high standard is maintained. If we continue to allow such (sub-standard) development, it will seem as if Abuja is a lawless society’’, he said.
Mr. Emetu said the department had just pulled down an illegal structure in Apo, near the Mechanic Village, on Friday.
He added that the construction had been going on since 2008 and despite several warnings, the owner refused to present himself for identification.
“The construction has been going on since 2008 and we have served several notices that the owner should come and clarify issues but the person refused to show up.
“The reason why we serve notices is for the owners of such illegal structures to be aware that there are issues so as to come to the office to rectify them’’, he said.
AMMC Coordinator, Reuben Okoya, told reporters on Wednesday that the council had demolished 4,023 illegal structures and 6,350 shanties.
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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