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Wike Speaks On Saying “How Can All This Land Be Given To An Igbo Man” Before Demolishing Anambra Businessman’s Property

Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the SNECOU Group Limited, yesterday, decried the demolition of his investment on 214 hectares of land in the Asokoro district of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, while alleging that the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike said, “How can all this land be given to an Igbo man in Abuja.”...CONTINUE READING

Ukachukwu lamented that the demolition was carried out without any court order.

He noted that Wike demolished his property despite two valid court orders from separate courts restraining him and the FCT administration from tampering with the property.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, the Anambra-born businessman called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene and save the multi-million-naira he invested in the property.

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He claimed that the property was demolished because it was owned by an Igbo man, and not because the company violated any law.

His interview came in the middle of a controversial allegation against Wike, who is also accused of asking FCT authorities to stop allowing Igbo men own lands in Abuja.

Reacting to the allegation in a press briefing on Tuesday, Wike said the land allocated to Ukachukwu did not have the approval of any minister as his predecessor.

While denying the viral statement attributed to him, the FCT minister said the land-grabbing in Abuja is becoming rampant because some officials in the land department of his ministry have compromised.

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Wike said, “I have been doing this before. I will continue to do it. And nothing will happen. Criminals are criminals. They may come in different ways.

“I have never seen people like land-grabbing people in this place. I came in, (I met) so many petitions. One company came with different petitions, with different owners of properties. I summoned all of them. They came with their lawyers, senior advocates.

“And I said look what is this? Companies presented their own cases. Company A presented their own case, company B presented their own, company C, company D, Company E, I said okay, I’m going to seek advice from external solicitors. I’m not going to take advice from insiders … because the biggest (fraud) is that the Land Department has been compromised. I sought the views of senior lawyers and told them, we need to do things differently…

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“This land, by this so-called ethnic jingoist, talked about, was allocated when there was no minister. The minister left on May 29, 2023. By June the land was allocated by the director of lands.

“We all met and agreed that nobody should do anything on the land until we are able to take a final decision. You know what happened? These guys thought they were too smart and they started selling the land.”