OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Abandoned Properties has demanded a comprehensive report of all assets seized from former Head of State, late Gen. Abacha and others by the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Landed Properties.
The representatives frowned at alleged illegal sales and lease of seized assets of the former Head of State.
The lawmakers further alleged that some of the properties the PIC claimed to have sold were either not sold or were not paid for contrary to claims made by PIC, adding that some of the seized houses which the presidential committee claimed were vacant were still being occupied.
Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Ademorin Kuye (APC, Lagos) gave the directive on Monday while questioning the Executive Secretary of the PIC at National Assembly, Abuja.
He said the House is interested in the report on all assets seized from Nigerian leaders within and outside the country, particularly those belonging to late Abacha, adding: “We need to know the state of those properties and to also know if the properties have titles of deed.”
Kuye also requested for the total amount remitted to the federal government from the sales with evidence of remittance, adding that all assets pointed out to the committee but not included in its first report should be forwarded to the committee.
In his explanation, head of the presidential committee, Mallam Bala Samid, said that some of the people occupying government quarters had refused to vacate them, noting that when the occupants were approached for payment or to vacate the houses they went to court to obtain injunctions restraining the PIC.
“We approached the federal government to report them and the federal government said that we should give them time. We want to generate money for the federal government but in the process, we are losing money; somebody is occupying government quarters illegally and he runs to court to get injunctions.’’