Stop buying land from area councils: FCTA warns

DAILY TRUST

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has advised the public to desist from transaction on plots of land allocated by the Area Councils until title regularisation process is concluded.

The FCT Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the FCT Land Use and Allocation Committee (LUAC), Mr Christian Ohaa gave the advice on Monday in Abuja.

Ohaa stated that this action has become necessary to reduce the knotty cases of illegal land activities being perpetuated at the Area Councils of the Territory and thereby defrauding unsuspected members of the public.

“The confirmation of titles of the Area Councils can only be conducted after completion of the ongoing Area Councils’ title regularisation exercise.

“Therefore, the general public is hereby advised to desist from transacting on the said titles until the conclusion of the regularization exercise,’’ he said.

He noted that Section 297 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Sections 18 & 1 (3) of the FCT Act respectively have absolutely vested the entire land in the Federal Capital Territory to the Federal Government of Nigeria, and is being managed by the FCT Minister under a delegated responsibility.

According to him, the administration has observed that with the recall of Area Councils’ Zonal Land Managers and Zonal Planning Officers back 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 had directed the Area Councils to discontinue allocation of land and requested that they update and forward their records of allocations to AGIS.

This, he said, is for the commencement of the title regularization for thorough cleaning and validation.

He, however, regretted that the Administration has spotted some illegal allocation papers being backdated by fraudulent ex-FCT officials and ex-Land officers at the Area Councils.

Ohaa said fake letters of allocations and Certificates of Occupancy were in circulation while Farmers, Village Heads, Community Heads were selling land in the Area Councils, thereby duping unsuspecting members of the public.

He warned the general public to be wary of these illegal activities by fraudulent people. ( Daily Trust)

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