FCTA moves to curb land fraud, abuses

By Stanley Onyekwere

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has established new procedures for conducting legal search on landed property in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, so as to curb fraud and other sundry abuses.
The FCT Director of Land Administration, Adamu Jibrin Hussaini dropped this hint in his office while addressing some senior staff of the Department.
Hussaini said that henceforth applicants must write and make three copies of application to conduct legal search addressed to the Director of Lands but for corporate organization/company applications must carry the RC Number (Corporate Affairs Registration Number); while Lawyers handling such transaction must affix their Nigerian Bar Association seals (NBA seals).
“All applications must have photocopies of title document (s) attached while the original (s) must be brought for sighting with the person presenting the title document producing valid identification like International Passport or Driver’s License or Voter’s Card”, Hussaini added.
The Director revealed that relevant original title documents namely: Certificate of Occupancy together with Right of Occupancy; Right of Occupancy; Recertification of Acknowledgement Letter only as well as Right of Occupancy with Recertification Acknowledgement Letter.
He therefore advised that any person wishing to do any transaction on any property either developed or undeveloped within the 8,000 square kilometers of the FCT should come forward to conduct legal search or visit the ultra-modern customer service at Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), to avoid being scammed by suspected fraudsters.

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