The Federal Capital Territory Administration has warned Abuja residents against buying land from the area councils until the ongoing title regularisation process is concluded.
It bemoaned the illegal activities of touts and advised the public to desist from transacting on plots of land allocated by Abaji, Bwari, Kwali, Abuja Municipal, Kuje, and Gwagwalada Area Councils.
The FCT Permanent Secretary and the Chairman of the FCT Land Use and Allocation Committee, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa, handed down the warning during a meeting of the committee on Saturday in Abuja, according to a statement on Sunday by Sule Haruna, on behalf of the Head of Information and Customer Service, Abuja Geographical Information Systems.
The Permanent Secretary stated that it was necessary to address the knotty cases of illegal land activities being perpetuated at the area councils.
“The confirmation of titles of the area councils can only be conducted after completion of the ongoing area councils’ title regularisation exercise, and therefore, the general public is hereby advised to desist from transacting on the said titles until the conclusion of the regularisation exercise,” he said.
Ohaa remarked that by virtue of Section 297 (2) of the 1999 Constitution and sections 18 and 1 (3) of the FCT Act, the FCT Administration had absolutely vested the entire 8,000 square kilometers of the land in the Federal Capital Territory to the Federal Government and is being managed by the FCT Minister under delegated responsibility.
He added, “The administration has observed that with the recall of Area Councils’ Zonal Land Managers and Zonal Planning Officers to the mainstream, as well as the suspension of land allocation by the six area councils of the territory, the illegal activities still persist.”
The Permanent Secretary recalled that the FCT Administration in 2006 directed the area councils to discontinue allocation of land and requested that they update and forward their records of allocations to AGIS for the commencement of the title regularisation for thorough validation.
He, however, regretted that the administration had spotted some illegal allocation papers being backdated by fraudulent ex-FCT officials and ex-land officers at the area councils, including fake letters of allocations and Certificates of Occupancy in circulation.
Ohaa explained that farmers, village and community heads were also selling land in the area councils, thereby duping unsuspecting members of the public.