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FCTA clears air on demolition of Lobito Plaza

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has rubbished a recent social media video circulating on TikTok, which purportedly shows the demolition of a plaza located on Lobito Crescent, Wuse II, in Abuja.

FCTA said the video in question is a deliberate attempt to spread misinformation and create unnecessary panic among residents, noting that the video was recorded two years ago, in 2021, and the building featured was not demolished.

A statement signed by Anthony Ogunleye, Director of Press, Office of the FCT Minister, clarified that, instead of demolition, the Department of Development Control identified an infraction related to the building’s use.

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According to the statement: “Subsequently, appropriate measures were taken to address the issue responsibly. Contrary to the claims made in the video, the building was not brought down. Rather, the contravening portion was removed to ensure compliance with regulations.

“To provide further clarity, we have attached a current photo of the building taken today, clearly demonstrating that it remains standing. The FCTA takes great care in enforcing regulations while ensuring the well-being and safety of our residents.”

FCTA strongly condemned the deliberate spread of false information, stressing that it undermines trust and security in our communities.

The statement added: “Even more distressing is the ethnic colouration attached to the offending videos. A mischief of this nature is counterproductive and only creates unnecessary fear and disaffection.

“FCTA urges the promoters of such misinformation to desist from these actions, as they contribute nothing positive to society.

“We assure residents that FCTA remains committed to transparent communication and responsible governance. We encourage the public to verify information from reliable sources before spreading it further.”


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