Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 August 2012

Nigeria: Lugbe Indigenes Appeal to FCTA Over Land Compensation

Some indigenes of Lugbe on Monday appealed to the Federal Capital Administration (FCTA) to intervene in the payment of compensation on their land it allegedly sold to some people.

The indigenes led by one Irmiya Baba, said the land is located at Sabon-Lugbe (Lugbe extension) and was left behind for his family by his father.

He alleged that the FCTA sold the land to some people but neither the FCTA nor the buyers has paid them any compensation as at the time of filling this report.

"We have a lot of plantations on the land and our family members have been depending on those economic trees which have now been destroyed," he said.

He alleged that some people came to them last year and informed them that the land has been sold to them by the FCTA and we did not argue with them but only demanded for a compensation which he said they have not gotten since then.

Baba admitted that as practice, the people might have rightly bought the land legally from the relevant authorities, but it is their responsibilities to settle the locals who were making use of the land before commencing work on the land.

He assured that once the compensation is paid, the family members will have no affairs with the said land any longer.

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