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Two Clubs Face Demolition In Abuja Over Wrongful Use Of Land

By Centus Nweze

Two Clubs in the nation’s capital, Abuja, were on Monday ordered to revert to the original land master plan or face demolition.

The clubs, Karu Paris Lounge and Cool Leo were served notices on Monday.

The FCT Ministerial Task Force on COVID-19 Enforcement however sealed the said clubs for violating COVID-19 protocols.

Speaking on behalf of the administration, the Head, Media and Enlightenment FCTA COVID-19 Enforcement Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah who led the exercise said the decision followed calls from residents over violation of the safety guidelines by the operators.

He stated that, “We received several calls from residents of Karu-site that they have some persons who keep very large gatherings at night, we came in and discovered them, we went to court and prayed the Judge, and her Lordship, Magistrate Idayat Akanni gave us seal off order for the property, Karu Paris Lounge and Cool Leo, which we have done.

“Beside the case of COVID-19 violations which is the key issue, these are highly populated residential areas, so the owners must revert to the original approved use within 2 weeks, if they fail to do the needful bulldozers will enter here after expiration of the deadline”

Attah, however, explained that the Task Force operation was not limited to a particular area, but comprehensive, saying any acquisition from some persons on selective exercise was unfounded.

In another development, the FCT Mobile Court sitting at Eagle Square convicted 72 violators of COVID-19 health protocols.

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Idayat Akanni said all the violators pleaded guilty and were sentenced to pay a fine of N2,000 each or undertake one week community service.

The court Prosecutor, Udeme Umana, had informed the court that the defulters were found not wearing facemasks, and some of them, who had one were not wearing it properly.

Meanwhile, Comrade Ikharo Attah, Head, Media and Enlightenment of FCTA COVID-19 Enforcement team, said the desire of the Administration is to sustain the enforcement.

He said the minister of FCT Malam Muhammad Bello with FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma mandate on sustaining the fight against COVID-19 in the city must be obeyed.

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