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Court bars FCDA from demolishing Mpape

Court bars FCDA from demolishing Mpape

An Abuja High Court at Apo yes­terday stopped the Federal Capital Develop­ment Authority (FDCA) from demolishing Mpape, a densely populated satel­lite town in the FCT.
The court in a judgement it delivered on Thursday described the government agency’s planned demoli­tion exercise as “illegal and unconstitutional.”
The trial judge, Justice Abubakar Kutigi, after having heard witnesses’ evidence and the process­es having himself passed through three courts in Bwari, Jabi and the judg­ment court at Apo, handed down the verdict in favour of Mpape residents in the matter.
It would be recalled that residents of Mpape Com­munity, which is within the Bwari Area Council, had instituted a court action in July 2012 challenging the legality of an alleged demolition threat by offi­cials of the Department of Development Control of the FCDA who served the residents with quit notices.
The residents, in re­sponse, staged several pro­tests against the planned eviction of the densely populated community cov­ering approximately 400 hectares of land, which ac­cording to census figures of the Mpape Residents Community Development Association (MRCDA) has over 60,000 houses and hundreds of thousands of persons in residence.
At the sitting of the court, Justice Kutigi, in his judgment, granted the or­der in favour of the plain­tiffs due to failure of the defendants to issue statu­tory notices in compliance with provisions of appli­cable laws and due process before embarking on ac­tions aimed at demolish­ing plaintiffs’ properties at Mpape.

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