...SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO IS TWO YEARS OLD
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has dismissed a recent social media video circulating on TikTok that purportedly showed the demolition of a plaza located on Lobito Crescent, Wuse II, in Abuja.
Director of Press (Office of the FCT Minister), Anthony Ogunleye, in a statement, said such a video is a deliberate attempt to spread misinformation and create panic among the residents, adding that the video was recorded two years ago and the building featured was not demolished.
The statements read in full:
“The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) wishes to react to a recent social media video circulating on Tik Tok which purportedly shows the demolition of a plaza located on Lobito Crescent, Wuse II, in Abuja.
“We would like to categorically state that the video in question is a deliberate attempt to spread misinformation and create unnecessary panic among residents. The video which is being passed as a recent development was recorded two years ago in 2021 and the building featured was not demolished.
“The FCTA wishes to clarify that, instead of demolition, the Department of Development Control identified an infraction related to the building’s use. Subsequently, appropriate measures were taken to address the issue responsibly. Contrary to the claims made in the video, the building was not brought down. Rather, the contravening portion was removed to ensure compliance with regulations.
“To provide further clarity, we have attached a current photo of the building taken today, clearly demonstrating that it remains standing. The FCTA takes great care in enforcing regulations while ensuring the well-being and safety of our residents.
“We strongly condemn the deliberate spread of false information, as it undermines the trust and security in our communities. Even more distressing is the ethnic coloration attached to the offending videos. The mischief of this nature is counterproductive and only serves to create unnecessary fear and disaffection.
“The FCTA urges the promoters of such misinformation to desist from these actions, as they contribute nothing positive to the society.
“We assure residents that the FCTA remains committed to transparent communication and responsible governance. We encourage the public to verify information from reliable sources before spreading it further.”