FCDA staff de­nies land bribery scan­dal

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

A staff of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (FCDA), Mr Ehi­mony Joshua has de­nied de­mand­ing N35 mil­lion each from 15 al­lo­tees of 206 hectares of land in Kyami District Abuja.

Joshua, who is of Le­gal Ser­vices Sec­re­tar­iat of the FCDA was ac­cused dur­ing a pub­lic hear­ing of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on FCT by three out of the 15 al­lo­tees.

Se­nate had as a re­sult of a pe­ti­tion on the al­leged plan by the FCDA to re­voke three plots out of the 203 hectares of land lo­cated in Kyami, man­dated its com­mit­tee on FCT chaired by Sen­a­tor Dino Me­laye (APC) to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

One of the pe­ti­tion­ers, Lady Lau­rel King, al­leged that Joshua in a recorded tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with her project co­or­di­na­tor, Bishop David An­gel on 23rd March 2016, sub­mit­ted two dif­fer­ent per­sonal bank ac­counts into which her own N35mil­lion bribe should be paid in sums of N30 and N5mil­lion re­spec­tively, but which she how­ever said was not paid.

Re­spond­ing, Joshua de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and said he was ready to de­fend him­self.

Me­laye or­dered the FCTA au­thor­ity to set up an in­ves­tiga­tive panel for fur­ther probe of the al­le­ga­tion at their own level.

He said the Se­nate com­mit­tee will sub­mit its find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tion to the Se­nate on re­sump­tion from re­cess next month.

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