The Federal Capital Territory Administration, has cleared the air on why a building owned by Joseph Egbri, popularly known as Kpokpogri, was demolished on Saturday morning.
Recall that Kpokpogri, an ex-lover to actress Tonto Dikeh, took to his Instagram live on Saturday, May 14, 2022, where he shared videos of the agency pulling down his fence.
The visibly distressed Kpokpogri cried for help as the agency pulled down his fence while trying to gain access to the main building.
Kpokpogri alleged in the video that someone was behind his ordeal, citing that he wasn’t given any notice before the demolition.
Reacting, In a phone chat with the PUNCH, an aide to the FCT Minister noted that Kpokpogri’s house was built on a major highway, hence the demolition.
The Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Entrustment, Attah Ikharo, noted that the building didn’t get approval from the necessary agencies.
Ikharo said, “His house is on a super highway known as M-16. He doesn’t even have a building plan approval. It’s like somebody who knows that the highway is coming sold the land to him and he just went to build. We have been asking him to stop but he refused.”
Debunking Kpokpogri’s claim, the minister’s aide noted that he was warned against building on the land but he refused.
“In Abuja, before you build, you must get building plan approval. There was no approval at all for him. The place was initially allocated to somebody long ago. So I think the person now sold it to somebody who then sold it to him,” Ikharo said.
He added, “When he discovered that it was a road, He didn’t stop but kept rushing the building. The whole building was built in less than a year.
The Federal Housing Authority Managing Director came here twice this week. The MD came the day before yesterday (Thursday) that they didn’t give him approval and the building was illegally constructed.
“The FCDA Executive Secretary also came, adding that it was illegally constructed. We came here twice this week asking him to vacate because of the super highway.”