The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday in Abuja warned residents against inscribing ‘Gbagyi house’ on illegal structures marked for demolition.
Mr Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, issued the warning when he led a team to demolish illegal structures at Kabusa village.
Attah stated that while the administration would respect the rights of the original inhabitants to resettlement and compensation, it would not hesitate to pull down all illegal houses belonging to non indigenes.
He warned those who allegedly collected money from the owners of illegal structures to desist before the law would catch up with them.
Attah said: “We are not touching houses of the indigenous people, we are clear on that. They have rights to resettlement and compensation.
“But those who are non indigenes, who have become so mischievous to go and write all over their houses, ‘Gbagyi House’, we see that there and when we get there, we know the indigenous houses.
“We have men who are undercover agents and have been living there and have guided it. So those who are non indigenes and are writing such inscriptions on their buildings, we will remove all of them.
“The indigenes are here. The native Chiefs are here, the Senior Special Adviser to the Minister on Youths and Community Relations is here.
”They know their houses and we also know the indigenous houses as well. Those who collect money from non indigenes to give them cover will not stand.”