Thursday, 11 February 2016

Senate vows to probe Obasanjo, Jonathan, El-Rufai, others over Abuja land grab scandal

The Senate has vowed to investigate former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan as well as ministers who served under them over alleged violation of Abuja land grab scandal.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Dino Melaye while addressing newsmen on Wednesday said the current government of change was prepared to send all past leaders and their Ministers involved in the violation of the nation’s capital master plan “to Kuje Prison.”

Melaye wondered why the then FCT Minister would allocate green areas designed for flood drains, city buffers, recreations, urban farming, reserved land and undevelopable areas to themselves and their friends.

According to Melaye, the Senate was extending its probe to the former Presidents because by the law establishing the FCT, the President is the governor-general of FCT and responsible for appointing a minister to administer the city on his behalf.



“With this administration of change, it is no longer going to be business as usual.

Permit me to remind FCT administration again by stating that this committee will not hesitate to ensure that all administrative anomalies, misappropriation of funds or misapplication of laws as the case may be, occasioned by the past administrations of FCT, are fully addressed.

This is what justice demands in these circumstances; to right the wrongs.

“Therefore, the committee is worried and frowns on satanic and misleading advice and recommendation to convert very important and beautiful natural endowments or features which are very scanty like the world acclaimed Maitama Hills, popularly known as Ministers’ Hills, which could serve as a tourist attraction to the residents of FCT.

“I want to state here again that if the bourgeois of this country need a special allocation, a new district can be dedicated to them and not to destroy the beauty of the city centre, a national monument like the Maitama Hills,” he said.




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