The Federal Government has demolished one of the Abuja properties of former First lady, Patience Jonathan, located at Mabushi District of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT)).
The property demolished by the government agency, the Federal Capital Development Authority, was being used to run a Foundation owned by the former first lady.
It would be recalled that since exit from office in May 2015, the Federal Government had been at loggerheads with virtually all the former top government officials who served under the former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, including the members of his immediate family over funds and property allegedly acquired unjustly.
The counsel to the former first lady, Emmanuel Anene, who reacted to the demolition, said the FCDA had no right to demolish the building as the relevant authorities had been shown the building plan.
Citing that the matter was already in court, he accused the FCDA of disregarding the rule of law and due process in carrying out the demolition.
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. 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.”
By LOVETH AZODO, Lagos.