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Estate Developer Seeks Tinubu’s Intervention Over Illegal Demolition of Properties in FCT

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Estate Developer Seeks Tinubu’s Intervention Over Illegal Demolition of Properties in FCT

By: Michael Mike

An appeal has gone to President Bola Tinubu to wade into the destruction of some properties in Abuja.

One of the foremost real estate developers in the city, Engineer Success Obioma, the CEO of three companies, Praco International Ltd, Psalm 127 Ltd, and Peace Be Still Ltd, in an appeal over the weekend, called for immediate intervention of President Bola Tinubu over the demolition of his multibillion naira property in Abuja

Obioma said the properties were developed in his quest to meet the housing need of the masses in the FCT, noting that he acquired, developed and managed properties for his numerous clients in FCT including high profiled Nigerians and politicians.

The real estate developer who alleged an unwarranted persecution by the perceived detractors, said the authority was misled to demolish some of his properties by seizing all his documents and titles, and getting property worth billions of naira destroyed.

The engineer, who narrated his ordeal and how his aspiration was frustrated and truncated to journalists in Abuja, said he had lost over N10 billion to demolition by Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA).

Obioma said he was incarcerated for over two years in the struggle to get justice over illegal demolition of his properties and that of his clients.

He equally lamented how authority of FCTA humiliated and frustrated him for over 20 years by seizing of title documents with destruction of multibillion naira property and even incarcerated him for more than two years and yet no hope in sight for a relief from unwarranted persecution by the authority.

Obioma, who said he had secured reliefs through court judgment over the release of his title documents, said the FCT Minister Nyesom Wike should know that the restoration of his title documents followed due process and he should release the remaining seized documents or restore them.

He said the committee set up by the FCTA as directed by the former president Olusegun Obasanjo cleared him of all allegations of possession of fake land documents as was being speculated.

He said that for the 20 years the matter lasted, no one could produce one victim of his alleged illegal land deals to could be brought out to testify.

He noted that the membership of the committee comprised of all department heads, directors and management staff of FCTA because they were looking for fake documents “as was being speculated by enemies of progress that I forge land documents to acquire lands. It gave me the opportunity to prove myself as an honest business man.

“For the 20 years the matter lasted, they could not produce one victim of my illegal land deals to testify.”

He urged the FCT minister to publish the committee report of 2002, publish the documents seized from him for the world to see how fake or originals they are.”

He also said: “The minister should also ask the members of that committee who are still in service to explain how I was screened, my activities screened, and documents verified and they could not identify that there were no ministerial approvals covering over 200 plots they linked to me.

“He should also study the Federal High Court judgment as a lawyer to see that there was no stone left unturned by EFCC and their collaborators to prove their informants wrong.

“H.E. Nyesom Wike should be made to know that the restoration of my title documents followed due process and he should release the remaining seized documents or restore them.”

Obioma said this was necessary because his life was being threatened by his clients who believed that he had sold their land.

He said: “Yes my life is being threatened by those whose properties have not been restored. Most of them have waited since 2003 till date they are now asking, having been acquitted by a court of competent jurisdiction what else is holding their documents? They have been alleging that I sold them.”

The developer who is presently away in London to complete the PhD programme he abandoned since 2003, said he was ready to suspend it to pave way for resolution of the issue

He said: “Yes am not in the country, but am ready to suspend what am doing here to come if my attention is needed by the minister as a solution to the confusion created by the demolition.”

He advised that: “The demolition gale should be checked so that investors would not lose interest in FCT.”

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Potiskum market: Gadodomasun Fika seeks Governor Buni’s intervention

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By: Yahaya Wakili

Gadodomasun Fika Emirate Council in Yobe State, Alhaji Abdullahi Garba Alele, has appealed to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, to intervene in the construction of the Potiskum modern market.

“I will not forget the first tenure of His Excellency. During his campaign, we went round all of Yobe State, rural and urban, and he made promises to the people of Potiskum town, a modern market, because Potiskum is a center of commercial business in Yobe State. And by the grace of God, His Excellency has fulfilled his campaign promises.

Alhaji Abdullahi Garba Alele, who is also the former chairman of the NARTO Potiskum local government chapter, made the call in Potiskum while speaking to Newsmen on the one year of the second tenure of His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni CON.

Abdullahi Garba Alele further said that His Excellency Governor Buni laid the foundation stone for the construction of modern markets in Damaturu, Potiskum, Gashu’a, Nguru, Geidam, and Buni Yadi, and by the grace of God, all these modern markets have been completed and commissioning, and people have occupied them and businesses have raked off inside.

“But our own for Potiskum town, which has the longest history in business with a high population of people, businessmen, and farmers, but up to now this modern market has not been completed, the work has stopped as a result of what we don’t know, the contractor has abandoned the work. Therefore, we use this opportunity to appeal to His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni CON, to intervene and call on contractors to resume work on site.” Alele said.

The former NARTO chairman said that in the history of Potiskum, God blessed Potiskum with transports, because in the 774 local government councils that we have in the country, there is no local government that has transporters like Potiskum. We thank God, and we thank His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni for considering this thing critically. He constructed us a trailer park in Potiskum, and we thank him a lot.

“But I am assured to His Excellency that this project has stopped. Therefore, we appeal to His Excellency to intervene in this matter to complete these two projects before the end of his three years in office, so that people can benefit from this development. He prayed to Almighty Allah, and as His Excellency completed his five years successfully, we also prayed to Almighty Allah to guide and help him complete the remaining three years successfully.

Gadodomasun also commands His Royal Highness, the Emir of Fika, and Chairman Yobe State Chiefs, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Abali Ibn Idrissa CFR, in his efforts to unite the people and the traditional rulers in Yobe State, and also prays to Almighty Allah (SWT) to give him health. He also prays to Almighty Allah to long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria, long live Yobe State, and long live Potiskum local government.

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Defense industries: Senator Lawan meets Minister of state

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Defense industries: Senator Lawan meets Minister of state

By: Yahaya Wakili

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defense, and President of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON, Yobe North Senatorial District, has today met with the Minister of State for Defense, Dr. Bello Matawalle, MON, and his team to discuss the implementation of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Act 2023.

In a statement issued and signed by him on his official page, which was made available to newsmen in Damaturu,.

The DICON Act, which was signed into law by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in November 2023, is a major step towards enhancing the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces to produce their own equipment and reduce dependence on imports.

During the meeting, the minister of state for defense briefed me on the progress made so far on the implementation of the DICON Act.

“I commended the minister, members of his team, and other stakeholders present for the swift action taken to implement the DICON Act. I emphasized the urgent need to make DICON a catalyst for the industrialization of the defense sector in Nigeria.

The President of the 9th Senate pledged that the Senate Committee on Defense, which I chair, will continue to provide legislative support and oversight to ensure the successful implementation of the DICON Act. We believe that a vibrant and self-sustaining defense industry is essential for the security and prosperity of our nation.

Senator Ahmed Lawan also seized the opportunity to inform the minister and his team that the Senate Committee on Defense will embark on a familiarization tour of the ministry next week.

He urged the minister to leverage the expertise of Nigerian engineers, scientists, and manufacturers in the development of indigenous weapons and equipment. This will not only boost our national pride but also create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

The DICON Act has the potential to transform the defense sector in Nigeria. By working together—the Senate, the Ministry of Defense, and other stakeholders—we can make this transformation a reality.

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FG intervenes in Travails of Nigerian students in UK Teeside University

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FG intervenes in Travails of Nigerian students in UK Teeside University

By: Michael Mike

A delegation, to be led by a representative of the Nigerian Embassy in the UK, Amb. Christian Okeke, leaders of the Nigerian Students Union in UK, will visit the Management of Teesside University to intervene on the allegations of unfair and unjust deportation order served on some Nigerian students, in the middle of their studies .

The decision was taken at the end of a virtual meeting held between Chairman/ CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Representative of the Nigerian High Commission UK, Amb. Christian Okeke, President, Nigerian Students Union UK, Mr Yemi Soile, and many of the affected students at the meeting on Sunday.

The affected students passionately narrated their ordeal and were optimistic of a positive intervention.

During the meeting , Chairman NIDCOM appealed to the students to remain calm and not to take laws into their hands while appealing to the University to treat the students with justice and fairness. Ambassador Okeke spoke in the same vein.

On May 22, some students of Teesside University from Nigeria staged a protest following the directives by the University authorities for them to leave UK on the allegations that some of the students defaulted in paying their school fees.

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