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Land Dispute: Nigeria Army Did Not Follow Laid Down Procedure – FCT Minister

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Oha said there is no record of allocation of the land along Airport Road at Giri in Abuja, FCT to the Nigerian Army with Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS.

This was revealed at a “One day public hearing on the invasion of FCT indigenes’ land around Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by the Nigerian Army” organised by the Senate Committee on Defence on Monday.

Mr. Oha said there is a laid down procedure for land allocation and development in the FCT, which according to him, the Army did not follow in acquiring the land.

The Nigerian Army however presented documentary evidence showing that the land was allocated to them in 1979.

Chief of Logistics, Major General E. O. Udoh while presenting the position of the Ministry of Defence and the Nigerian Army said details of the allocation papers to Nigerian Army can be found in file number 2375 at the FCDA office.

The public hearing that was attended by many indigenous people of the FCT, traditional rulers, representatives of Service Chiefs, IGP and DSS, was in response to a petition by Coalition of FCT Indigenous group to the Senate.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Abubakar Kyari implore the waring parties to remain calm pending the outcome of the committee report and the report of the Presidential committee on the same matter.

The presidential committee on the land crisis is made up of the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Minister of Defence, IGP and other top government officials.

Senator Kyari commended the sacrificial effort of the Nigerian Armed forces in protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, especially in the North-east where he comes from.

He gave the situation report of his senatorial district in 2015 election where 8 out of the 10 local governments voted in internally displaced persons, Internally Displace Person, IDP camps compared to 2019 election where 8 out of the 10 now voted in their respective local governments. Only 2 voted in IDP camps due to return of peace, courtesy of the Nigerian Armed forces.

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