Abuja saga: Senate to probe Jonathan, Obasanjo, El-Rufai, others

- There is a land grab scandal in Abuja

- The Nigerian Senate is set to probe Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Nassir El-Rufai

- The trio and some others are to answer for violation of the Abuja blueprint

Following an alleged land grab scandal rocking Nigeria's state capital, the Senate has said it will see to it that former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as well as ministers who served under them are investigated.

The Senate says its move to probe the former presidents is in a bid to correct the alleged violation of the master plan of the nation’s capital city.

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While addressing pressmen on Wednesday, February 10, Senator Dino Melaye said the Senate will not exempt anyone from its proposed investigation.

The chairman of the Senate committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said the Nigerian parliament will see to it that anyone found guilty of a role in the scandal will be sent to Kuje prison.

The APC- senator who is representing Kogi west condemned what he described as the bastardization of the Abuja master-plan.

However, he expressed concern over why former FCT ministers allocated green areas designed for flood drains, city buffers, recreations, urban farming, reserved land and undevelopable areas to themselves and their friends.

Melaye said: “With this administration of change, it is no longer going to be business as usual. Permit me to remind FCT administration again by stating that this committee will not hesitate to ensure that all administrative anomalies, misappropriation of funds or misapplication of laws as the case may be, occasioned by the past administrations of FCT, are fully addressed. This is what justice demands in these circumstances; to right the wrongs.

“Therefore, the committee is worried and frowns on satanic and misleading advice and recommendation to convert very important and beautiful natural endowments or features which are very scanty like the world acclaimed Maitama Hills, popularly known as Ministers’ Hills, which could serve as a tourist attraction to the residents of FCT.

“I want to state here again that if the bourgeois of this country need a special allocation, a new district can be dedicated to them and not destroy the beauty of the city centre, a national monument like the Maitama Hills,” the Senator stressed.

It would be recalled that investigations by the Senate committee on the FCT has shown that at least 30 Nigerians and organizations benefited from the illegal conversion and sale of green areas within Maitama Hills in the FCT by the previous administration.

Senator Melaye said on Friday, February 5, that steps were being taken to reverse them.

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