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FG demolishes Mrs Patience Jonathan’s Abuja property

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Former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan’s property in the Mabushi area of Abuja has been destroyed. The property which is a subject of a court was on Tuesday, 16th January, 2018, by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

Outcome of the demolished building belonging to Mrs Jonathan
Outcome of the demolished building belonging to Mrs Jonathan

The building was used to run a Foundation owned by Mrs. Jonathan.

Her counsel, Mr Emmanuel Anene told journalists in his reaction that “it was a surprise that the FCDA would demolish the building as the relevant authorities had been shown the building plan.

He said the matter was already in court, accusing the FCDA of disregarding the rule of law and due process in carrying out the demolition. They have destroyed the Res before the court and this is very sad and unfortunate. This is worse than terrorism.

He said, “Sometime before, people from development control came to the site, alleging that there was no approval for the building. We met them at their office and showed them the approval, which they accepted.

Mrs Patience Jonathan...sad and unhappy
Mrs Patience Jonathan…sad and unhappy

“We thought that the matter was over. They had earlier gone to court with application for forfeiture of the property to the government which they failed to achieve at the Lagos High Court. So, we were surprised that a team came in this afternoon without notifying us to remove the structure.

“Also, we were not served with any notice for demolition, they just came in now and started the demolition of the structure.”

But the FCDA argued that notice was served for the demolition of the property, adding that that the building had no approval.

Mrs Patience Jonathan is yet to officially respond since the development.

Many residents of the Federal Capital Territory that had been following the development had condemne the government action.

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