Minister, Nyesom Wike, has announced the revocation of 167 plots of land in some of Abuja’s most prestigious districts. This action comes as a result of the allottees’ failure to develop these prime properties in accordance with the terms of their Right of Occupancy.
The affected areas include Maitama, Gudu, Wuye, Katampe, Katampe Extension, Wuse 2, Jabi, Utako, Idu Industrial Zone, and Asokoro. Among these, Wuye and Asokoro had the highest number of plots revoked, with 41 and 39 plots, respectively.
In a notice issued late Thursday night in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) conveyed the decision, citing Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978 as the legal basis for the revocations. The notice, signed by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, stated, “The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA hereby informs the general public that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory has, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 28(5)(a) & (b) of the Land Use Act 1978, revoked the underlisted plots with names and titles as reflected in our records for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy to wit non-development.”
Prominent names and titles were among those whose plots were revoked in Maitama, including Liyel Imoke, Musa Aboki Egu, Hassan Hadejia, and Ishaya Baba. In Jabi, some of the affected allottees were Sam Nda-Isaiah and Donubari Josephine Kogbara, while Katampe district included Peter Gregory Obi and BUA International, among others.
Other notable entities affected by the land revocations include Julius Berger Nigeria, Honeywell Construction, Uffot Joseph Ekaette, Shittu Mohammed, Udoma Udo Udoma, Kanu Agabi, Niki Niki Tobi, Ishaku Bello, and several others.
Minister Wike, who had made it a priority to restore the master plan of the Federal Capital Territory, had previously issued a two-week grace period for allottees to settle their outstanding ground rents. Those who failed to comply with this directive now face the consequences of revoked land allocations.
This move by the FCT Minister underscores the administration’s commitment to maintaining the orderly development of Abuja and ensuring that prime lands are put to productive use in line with the city’s master plan.