FHA disowns Kpokpogiri as FCTA demolishes Abuja mansion

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Federal Housing Authority, FHA, has disowned Joseph Kpokpogiri, after the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, demolished his multi- million Naira mansion in Abuja on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that officials of FHA, alongside its Managing Director, Gbenga Ashafa, visited the site of the doomed building three days ago, in company of some top Management team.

The officials claimed that the plot of land originally belonged to FHA, but proper building plan was not approved before the mansion was erected.

According to FHA, notices to stop work were served at different stages and time of the work, but Mr Kpokpogiri refused to comply.

Also, the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, Shehu Hadi, who was also in the team that visited the site, said the road alignment had been done long ago and FHA was duly notified.

Mr Hadi noted that the alignment, which the demolished building obstructed, was designed to serve as an important bye-pass to Abuja-Keffi axis.

He added that any plan to realign the road because of the building would be difficult and not fair judgment to those that it would affect, considering that the demolished building was not in existence earlier when the plan started.

On his part, the Director, FCTA Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, said the mansion, located in the highbrow District of Guzape, Abuja, was unapproved, and couldn’t be allowed to override public interest.

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