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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

FCT demolishes 500 structures in Abuja, renders many homeless

FCT demolishes 500 structures in Abuja, renders many homeless

The Federal Capital Territory Administration on Tuesday demolished about 500 structures in Paipe community near Idu-Karmo, Abuja.

The exercise rendered many residents homeless, many of whom were seen salvaging some valuables from the rubble.

It was learnt that a large percentage of the residents were away at work when the caterpillars pulled down the structures and destroyed personal effects and home appliances estimated at millions of naira.

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A victim of the demolition, Madam Nkechi Kenneth, accused the FCT Administration of illegally demolishing her property which she said was built about two years ago.

She explained that she was at the Karmo market when a neighbour informed her on the phone that her house had been demolished. She added that she fainted twice on hearing the news.

“I fainted twice when I heard that my house had been brought down; They have destroyed everything I had, now I don’t know where I would sleep this night with my children.

They didn’t care whether people were in the buildings or not, they simply pulled down the buildings; what they did was not normal at all,” Kenneth stated.

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Victor Daniel said he too was not at home when his building was brought down, adding that property worth millions of naira was affected.

He explained that the people were informed that the site was meant for a road, noting that they were not issued any notice of demolition.

“I lost my fridge, freezer, plasma television, I lost a lot of things, I lost everything and I am not the only one, all my neighbours were also affected. Even if they wanted to construct a road as they claimed, can’t they give us notice? Over 500 buildings were affected,” he stated.

The spokesperson, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Mrs. Grace Zamani said she was not aware of the demolition.

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