Akin Akande, Abuja
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Minister Senator Bala Mohammed, has said he had no regret for ordering the sealing of the Adamawa government Lodge for alleged violation of land use.
The Minister through a statement issued by his Media Aide, Nosike Ogbuenyi, on Sunday said he had no regret or apology over the action as the building in question violated land use law.
While reacting to condemnation and criticisms that have trailed the action since Saturday, Senator Mohammed said no person is above the law.
Sunday’s statement read in part: “The FCT is only interested in rule of law and not political posturing and propaganda. However, the point must be stressed that no person or group of persons is above the law.
“Those who unlawfully and brazenly converted the Adamawa State Governor’s Lodge, Maitama plot, a residential plot, to an office are the ones that should apologize to the people of the state not the FCTA or the Hon. Minister of FCT.
“What the FCTA is insisting on is compliance with land use purpose and nothing more. The FCTA therefore views the so-called ultimatum as empty and laughable.
“The action taken by the FCTA in sealing off the Adamawa Government Lodge was a normal administrative and not political measure.
“If Eze and his masters have any issue with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its Governors Forum or the Presidential Villa, they should channel their grievances properly and leave the FCTA out of it.
“The action by those persons behind the conversion remains illegal and abhorrent,” the statement said.
The minister’s justification of the FCTA’s action came just as the PDP faction suspected of using the Adamawa lodge issued a 48-hour ultimatum for the building to be reopened.