The Federal Capital Territory Administration has demolished the Divine Words of Jesus Christ Church, including a school and orphanage in Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, despite a pending suit before a Federal Capital Territory High Court.
The demolition of the orphanage by the Department of Development Control officials has, however, rendered 150 orphans homeless.
Five buildings comprising a church, orphanage, school and staff quarters were pulled down by the FCT officials on Tuesday.
Our correspondent gathered that the land on which the buildings were constructed had been a subject of litigation between the orphanage proprietress who is also the General Overseer of the Words of Jesus Christ Church, Bishop Victoria Ezemoka and her brother-in-law, Goddiful Ezegwo.
Ezemoka, a widow, explained to PUNCH Metro on Wednesday that the case over the ownership of the land was yet to be determined by the court, adding that the case was instituted in 2013.
The proprietress and her workers looked shocked when our correspondent visited the scene.
She said, “When I met the Development Control department over the issue, they simply asked me to reconcile with my brother-in-law, but Ezegwo gave me three conditions which I couldn’t meet.”