The Federal Capital Territory Administration has moved bulldozers to Okanje District for demolition of illegal structures in the area.
This was happening after series of warnings were issued against the risky venture of buying of lands from local chiefs.
The Department of Development Control empowered by a combined team of both the military and paramilitary forces, enforced the demolition which lasted for several hours.
It was gathered that the Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima has had meetings with both Community leaders and the land grabbers, with the aim of ensuring that affected people vacate the illegally acquired lands.
It was further gathered that all the available land meant for proposed development in line with the Abuja Master plan were illegally taken over by people with the help of some indigenous people.
Okanje District is one of the fastly developing areas within the Federal Capital City which is surrounded by Kabusa Community and other well designed mass housing estates.
One of the affected illegal occupants of the land, who simply identified herself as Mrs. Osage bemoaned the reality of the demolition threat.
The distraught woman who was picking her personal belongings from the debris of her demolished building, with tears, disclosed that the indigenous people deceived them into acquiring the lands.
She also said, that after the place was marked for demolition, they were deceived again to contribute money to stop the planned exercise.
She noted, “what happened is that on the 12 of April, this year, some people came here and started marking some buildings and we tried to find out whether they were marking for demolition and putting notices, but they didn’t answer us until they finished and left.
“Since that time we have not heard from them again, believing when such notification is given it will take between 2-3 months before final notification but that wasn’t the case, we were surprised to see them this morning removing structures, when most of the owners of the houses had gone to work, they will come back from work and meet no house to enter”, she added.
Kogi AA Governorsip Petition runs into troubled waters as thugs Abducted 3 witnesses
By Rosemary Baba
Three witnesses associated with Olayinka Braimoh, the Action Alliance (AA) Governorsip Candidate of Kogi State who were billed to testify at the ongoing Kogi State Governorship Petition Tribunal have been allegedly abducted by some hoodlums.
The incident occurred at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja, where the Kogi State Governorsip Tribunal is seating
The three abducted witnesses have been identified as Idris Khadijat, Safiyat Muhammed, and Abdulmalik Muhammed. Available information indicates that the abductees are currently being molested, with their family members similarly being threatened, for daring to testify against Kogi State governor Alh Ododo Ahmed.
As at the time of filing this report, the whereabouts of other witnesses are still unknown.
Reports also suggested that vehicles which conveyed the witnesses to the court proceedings were vandalized by the same thugs.
It was gathered that the attack was carried out due to the strength of AA candidate’s petition as evidences being presented are strong enough for the court to unseat Ododo Ahmed, the governor of the state.
Radio stations in the central senatorial district in recent broadcast warned the residents against serving as witnesses for any political party other than APC.
The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, had relocated the Kogi Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal from Lokoja to Abuja.
The relocation was not unconnected with security breaches against members of staff of the tribunal who have been attacked on several occasions in Loloja.
Senator Kingibe doles out N15.4m for 2000 JAMB Candidates in FCT
The Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ireti Heebah Kingibe, has doled out N15.4m for 2000 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) forms for free distribution to students who want to write the 2024, JAMB examination, schedulled for April 24, to 29, 2024.
A statement by her special assistant on media Mbele Kennedy indicated that the free forms are meant for less privileged students who cannot afford them, irrespective of their tribe, religion, party affiliation and so on.
The Senator urged potential beneficiaries to study hard and ensure they are of good conduct not just in the examination hall but also when admitted into the university.
She re-affirmd her promise for more interventions in the education sector in the FCT, explaining that they are part of her Impact Development Programs (IDP), in her constituency, Abuja.
The Senator wished the beneficiaries and indeed, all candidates for the 2024 JAMB examination success.
FCT-IRS pushes deadline for filing of annual tax returns to February ending
The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has pushed the deadline for filing of Annual Tax Returns from January 31 to February 29, 2024 for the Organisations and Employers of Labour in the FCT
Head Corporate Communications, FCT-IRS
Mustapha Sumaila in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday indicated Management of FCT-IRS has heeded to the taxpayers’ plea for extension, following which the deadline was relaxed and extended by one month.
This hevsaid is to enable the organisations and employers of labour as well as agents who have not filed their annual returns to seize this opportunity to do so.
“Our taxpayers are our customers, we hold them in high esteem hence the reason for this extension but any organisation that fails to file after expiration of this new deadline will be penalised accordingly”
Quoting Section 81 of the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) 2011 (as amended) which mandates all employers of labour in the FCT to file annual returns before January 31 of every year using the prescribed forms, Form G and Form H1 respectively to justify tax obligation
It is also clearly stated in Sections 94, 95 and 96 of PITA which stipulate penalties for non-filing, incorrect/false declaration and late submission and the Service would not hesitate to enforce the laws on the defaulters.
Organisations that wish to file online may visit www.fctirs.gov.ng and click on create account or click on login for those already have accounts, or you can proceed to any of the FCT-IRS offices to submit electronic copies of your returns.
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