Jude Vodah Levinus, chairman of the Nigeria Justice League, Abuja chapter, has claimed that the demolished residence of Mr. Joseph Egbri, popularly known as Prince Kpokpogri, was wrongly marked for demolition by Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).
Levinus made the claim in an interview with THE WHISTLER when the group led a protest to the Federal Capital Territory Administration office on Tuesday in Abuja.
The group had demanded that Kpokpogri be compensated by the government after the demolition of his house said to be worth N700 million.
Levinus said contrary to claims by the FCDA and Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Kpokpogri’s house wasn’t built on land reserved for the construction of a ‘Superhighway’.
“We learnt that it was not his house that was on the proposed highway, and there are other lands that have been allocated to some persons in that area.”
The chairman revealed that when the officials of FCDA first visited the site, they brought a letter and the plot number on it wasn’t the same as Kpokpogri’s plot number.
He claimed that after Kpokpogri’s house was marked for demolition by the FCDA, he told them to erase the sign since his house was wrongly marked, and that he was waiting to get feedback from the FCDA which never came.
The FCDA and FHA had earlier claimed that three ‘stop work’ orders were issued to Kpokpogri while he was constructing the building but that he allegedly defied them.
But Levinus said, “This is a clear case of intimidation and oppression from our so-called political leaders. If his house was actually on the highway, there should be other houses that should also face the same demolition charges. Unfortunately, it was only his house. Does it mean the road started and ended in his house?” he quizzed.
Source : The Whistler