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FCDA Demolishes Patience Jonathan’s Property

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BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, Abuja

The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) through the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) yesterday demolished a multimillion-naira property, belonging to Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, for allegedly contravening FCT development control regulations.

Officials under the supervision of AMMC coordinator, Umar Shuaibu pulled down the structure, which is still at roofing stage, under the name of A. Aruera Reachout Foundation/Women for Change Development Initiative, located in Mabushi area of Abuja metropolis.

In particular, the AMMC officials accompanied by a joint team of security personnel forcefully gained access into the premises and demolished a multi-purpose hall, along with illegal structures behind the main building, for flaunting development control regulations in the territory.

The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has said that it demolished a property belonging to Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan because the structure contravenes development control regulations.

The coordinator, AMMC, Umar Shuiabu explained that the former first lady’s building in Mabushi and all the other structures removed by his organisation in Wuse II were illegal ones.

According to Shuaibu, “If they have approval, we would not have been there. Everyone must have approval before commencing any development in the FCT. When our officials go on inspection and discover that a structure is being put up, they would request to know whether there has been an approval prior to commencement of the development or not.”



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