From Fred Itua, Abuja
The FCT Administration on Monday cleared hundreds of shanties used as residential and commercial settlements by scavengers, traders and others.
Those affected were illegal structures and scrap materials sitting on a right of way of a major road network around Kado Fish Market, near Lifecamp axis of Gwarinpa District of Abuja.
Also removed were illegal settlements built with sacks inside an undeveloped plot beside a pentecostal church.
The exercise was carried by FCTA officials under the umbrella of its Security Command and Control Centre with over two hundred joint security personnel and field officers drawing from Development Control Department, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and other relevant agencies.
Explaining the situation, Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, Attah Ikharo, said the action followed a complaint sent to the FCT Administration through Command and Control Centre, due to high level of proliferation of shanties, scavengers (aka Baba-Bolas) and others in the area.
Ikharo said the FCTA discovered a very worrisome development on the road, which is Cadastral C02 road corridor here in Gwarinpa, which people started building houses on it.
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“We cleared all the shanties and we have marked the houses, and warned people to be aware of two areas they must not build on- road corridors and waterways.
“We have given them enough time to move, some of them we have removed before, and they returned. So we keep giving enough time over and over again, and the question is we have given you enough time, but have you given the government enough time before coming to put illegalities?
“Most of the FCDA road corridors are transitways not yet constructed, but people have already built on them.
“We have taken notice of all of them; we have gotten their numbers and we are going to be coming very heavily on them. And those who are building on waterways and green areas, we will be coming very heavily against them.
“It is very worrisome when you see a beautiful road corridor that is yet to be constructed, and people are building on it, it is very disturbing. But our appeal is to residents not to allow people to come and build kiosks and anything on the road within their neighbourhoods,” he said.
Ibrahim Abubakar bags 3 years imprisonment
A Bauchi State High Court presided over by Justice M.M. Abubarkar has convicted and sentenced one Ibrahim Abubakar (aka Alhaji Sadiq Babati) to three years imprisonment.
Abubakar was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and cheating to the tune of N2, 250,000 (Two Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
The charges were brought against him by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The defendant who was arraigned on September 27, 2021, alongside one Hassan Lemaji (now a convict) had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In the course of the trial, he changed his plea to ‘guilty’, on which basis the trial judge, after the review of facts of the case, found him guilty and sentenced him accordingly.
He was however given an option of a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000), while the Court ordered that the sum of N2,250,000 recovered by EFCC be paid to the victim.
Abubakar’s ordeal started sometime between March and April 2019 when he obtained the said sum by falsely representing to the petitioner that the money was meant to facilitate employment for him at Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFUND), Abuja.
An investigation by the Commission revealed this claim as false.
It was also discovered that, as soon as the defendant received the money, he started avoiding calls from the petitioner who waited for eleven months for the non-existent employment letter.
Four welders embezzle N15m disbursed by Edo govt.
The quartet of Isaac Ogundimu, John Odaro, Andrew Egharevba, and Omorogbe Jacob has been found guilty of embezzling the N15 million disbursed by the Edo State Government.
The money was disbursed by the Edo State Government to the Edo State Welders Association for the empowerment of welders in the state.
The four men, who are executive members of the association, then diverted the money for their personal use.
However, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin, declare the men guilty on Friday.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, who confirmed the development on Monday, said the suspects were arraigned in 2017 on a 15-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing by conversion, and forgery.
Upon arraignment, the four defendants pleaded not guilty setting the stage for a full trial.
To prove the allegations against the defendants the prosecution counsel, Moses Arumemi, Austin Ozigbu, Onyeka Ekweozor and Ibrahim Mohammed, called five witnesses and tendered eight exhibits while the defendants filed a no-case submission which was dismissed by the court and they were ordered to enter their defence.
However, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele in her judgment found the defendants guilty, convicted and sentenced them to seven years imprisonment or a fine of N650, 000 each.