CRD Lugbe: Plot own­ers ac­cuse River Park Es­tate of tres­pass

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - By Ben Atonko River Park claims 474 hectares of CRD Lugbe 1 Lay­out Re­set­tle­ment, Abuja.

It would have been blood­bath on the land called Com­mit­tee on Road­side De­vel­op­ment (CRD) Lugbe 1 Lay­out Re­set­tle­ment, Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC), last Satur­day had labour­ers on site failed to obey the Stop Work or­der is­sued them by plot own­ers on the land.

The labour­ers num­ber­ing about 30 en­gaged by Houses for Africa Nig. Ltd., man­age­ment of River Park Es­tate, were dig­ging the ground for erec­tion of fence when the own­ers of plots came in large num­ber and drove away the work­ers.

River Park Es­tate man­age­ment claims it has ti­tle on the land. It has started clear­ing and pulling down struc­tures there.

On April 3, man­age­ment of the es­tate went to the site with three armed po­lice­men who threw tear gas at the protest­ing plot own­ers and even shot in the air to dis­perse them.

Se­sugh Saaku who lays claim to a plot named CRD 1381 has had the whole fence of his house re­duced to rub­ble. “They de­mol­ished my fence. They’ve threat­ened to come and de­mol­ish the whole build­ing,” Saaku told Daily Trust. Sim­i­larly, the fence of an un­de­vel­oped plot, CRD 1373 be­long­ing to Ajayi Dare was de­mol­ished.

Stan­ley Nwokike who spoke on be­half of the ag­grieved plot own­ers said they have re­ported a case of en­croach­ment to the po­lice in Lugbe di­vi­sion.

He ac­cused man­age­ment of River Park Es­tate of tak­ing the law into its hands by pulling down their property with­out au­tho­riza­tion. “They came with­out govern­ment of­fi­cials, no de­vel­op­ment con­trol of­fi­cials, no mark­ing of these houses - they came with bull­doz­ers and started de­mol­ish­ing. They boasted that they’re well con­nected in govern­ment so they can do any­thing,” Nwokike lamented.

The plot own­ers who said they got their ti­tles since 1996 from AMAC said they built with ap­proval from the De­vel­op­ment Con­trol.

A man who was seen work­ing on the land said he is a pri­vate sur­veyor en­gaged to do what he was do­ing.

In a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion yes­ter­day, a staff of Houses for Africa Nig. Ltd. who did not give his name said, “We’re work­ing within the boundary. We’re work­ing with what we have ap­proval for. We have our pa­pers. Some of them [those com­plain­ing] are on green ar­eas. Some of them, their ti­tles are not gen­uine.”

The Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of the De­vel­op­ment Con­trol Depart­ment, Federal Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (FCDA), Mr Kalu Emetu said he would con­tact the ap­pro­pri­ate of­fi­cials to ex­plain why this is hap­pen­ing.

The Abuja Ge­o­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems (AGIS) could not be reached yes­ter­day.

This land in ques­tion cov­ers 474 hectares.

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