Demolition: Wike Planning to Deal with Igbos in Abuja? FCT Minister Opens Up

Demolition: Wike Planning to Deal with Igbos in Abuja? FCT Minister Opens Up

  • FCT minister Nyesom Wike has dismissed the allegation that he was out to pursue Igbo out of Abuja by demolishing their properties in the FCT
  • Nicholas Ukachukwu had alleged that Wike ordered the demolition of the investment on 214 hectares of land in the Asokoro area and that his objective was to send Igbo people out of Abuja
  • But the minister faulted the claim, noting that property investors deceive the government by purchasing land in large quantities and subsequently reselling it to residents, contrary to their initial agreements with the government

FCT, Abuja - Nyesom Wike, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has responded to the allegation that he had concluded plans to fight and pursue Igbos out of Abuja.

Speaking at a briefing with journalists, he stated that some government officials conspired with land grabbers to work against the federal government on land allocations issues.

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The minister clarified that some individuals purporting to be investors were actually land grabbers.

He mentioned that they acquired hectares of land and began reselling it to Abuja residents. Wike revealed that they collude with the legal and land secretariat of the FCT.

Nyesom Wike, FCM minister, denies plotting to send Igbos out of Abuja
Wike addresses claim he's against properties owned by Igbos in Abuja Photo Credit: Nyesom Wike
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Wike's comment followed allegation by Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu, the chairman and chief executive officer of the SNECOU Group Limited, that the minister was planning to deal with Igbo people.

In his allegation, Ukachukwu claimed that Wike ordered the demolition of the buildings on 214 hectares of land in the Asokoro area of the FCT in Abuja.

The Anambra-born politician claimed that Wike ordered the demolition without a valid court order despite pending two court orders from two different courts that restrained the minister and the FCT administration from tampering with the properties.

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During his media chat, Wike maintained that there were many of such cases on his table. He remarked that the prevalence of such situations is due to corrupt civil servants aiding and abetting the property investors, whom he described as "land grabbers."

The minister said the "land grabbers" are defrauding the government and people when they buy land in large quantities and resell it to residents after they have told the government that the lands were for investment.

Below is the video of the minister's interview:

Wike lists projects Tinubu will commission earlier reported that President Bola Tinubu is set to commission about 11 projects in the FCT to mark his one year in office.

Wike, who disclosed this, said he could not remember all the projects but assured that there are more for the president to commission.

Tinubu was sworn in on May 29, 2023, and Wike, a leader in the opposition PDP, was appointed three months after by the president.


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