Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) has warned against moves that could lead to a deviation from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) masterplan.
The association also distanced itself from the activities of some land-grabbing syndicates in the nation’s capital. REDAN maintained that majority of the land-grabbers are its members “because they do not want to be subjected to the code of membership of the association.”

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, President of REDAN, Aliyu Wammako, said the clarification became necessary following the recent ugly incident where seven suspects were arrested within Guzape II, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) over illegal development and land racketeering.

Noting that the suspects were not members of REDAN, Wammako said the organisation detests such anomalies. He said: “The attention of REDAN has been drawn to online publications with respect to land-grabbing syndicates in the FCT. These are people that encroach on lands that do not belong to them, with impunity, by carrying out construction activities.

“As a self-regulatory organisation for the real estate and umbrella body of the Organised Real Estate Firms in the business of housing and estate development nationwide, we hereby state emphatically and categorically, too, that we detest such anomalies. Anyone interested in getting land should procure it genuinely by approaching the government or the owners and not encroach on land which is not legally acquired.”