The Acting Director, Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Hamza Madaki, has insisted that there is no going back on the plans to demolish Mpape community in the FCT.
He said recent judgement by the High Court would not stop them from pulling down the community.
The director, who was answering questions from newsmen during a press briefing, said the department was still discussing with its head of legal team for the possibility of appealing the judgment.
He said, “But the good thing about the said judgment is that due process was not followed.
“So, if we are to follow due process in serving all relevant notices, and getting necessary approvals and orders, we can go ahead and do the demolition.
“There is also a judgment before this (latest court verdict) which said that he who has no title over land, we don’t need to serve him or her notice, because it is considered as illegal development.
“But all the same, we are prepared to serve all the relevant notices and follow due process, to make sure that all the holes and leakages are blocked. Then we will go and do the needful (carry out the demolition exercise),” he said.
“I cannot precisely say how soon it will be as it depends on the outcome of the appeal against the current judgment; and we have a 30-day window to file an appeal.
“I’m not saying that Mpape must go, but due process will be followed,” he added.