The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday revoked an allocation and demolished a garden.
The Spotlight Garden Events and Recreation is located in Wuye District of Abuja.
THE DAILY VENDOR learnt that the owner and allottee of the demolished garden had received multiple warnings and notifications following repeated breaking of the rules.
Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, said thugs invaded the garden last week and killed a security operative.
He clarified that the choice to destroy the garden so soon after the attack was to deter future law-breakers and protect the lives of the neighbourhood’s residents.
He also disclosed that the facilities will not only be demolished but the allocation has been revoked.
Shuaibu argued that FCTA was enforcing the 7pm closing time for parks and gardens because of the peculiar security situation in the nation’s capital.
According to him, both the allottee and the operator of the garden will be prosecuted for the violation of the regulations leading to the attack and killing of the security officer.
He said, “Just last week at a park, called spotlight Garden Events and Recreation in Wuye District, the operator flagrantly violated our closing time regulation by operating beyond 7:00pm. This attracted the activities of armed hoodlums who gunned down a gallant
” Security officer in cold blood. This could have been avoided if they had complied with our regulations.
” The park allottee and the operator will henceforth be prosecuted for the violation of the regulations and for creating the enabling environment that led to the death of an innocent citizen. Already the park operator has been arrested.
“Hence, this allocation stands revoked and the site will be demolished and recovered by the Administration immediately.
” This should serve as a warning to all park allottees and operators who deem it fit to arrogantly violate the laid down rules and regulations”, he added.