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Residents of Dubaidna, a neighborhood in Durumi 3 District of Abuja, have expressed their displeasure on the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over what they termed unjust demolition of their properties.

Backed by Amnesty Worldwide (AI), the residents, on Thursday, narrated the direct assault they suffered from the workers of the Federal Capital Progress Administration (FCDA) and the combined forces of security firms by means of the demolition of a lot of of buildings, along with markets, church buildings and mosques on 17 August.

Whereas the FCDA tied its willpower to demolish the buildings to insecurity and the potential for harbouring criminals inside the house, the residents acknowledged the authority’s movement is unconstitutional.

Representatives of Dubaidna community and staff of Amnesty International at a press conference in Abuja.
Representatives of Dubaidna neighborhood and staff of Amnesty Worldwide at a press conference in Abuja.

They argued that the destruction of their ancestral homes was not educated by the authority’s love for them nevertheless personal and financial options.

They acknowledged their land was licensed all through Nasir El-Rufai’s administration to be left alone nevertheless they’ve been shocked by the fastened intimidation being confronted from real-estate builders who claimed the land had been given to them.

“The pressure to vacate our ancestral land that has existed for a few century even sooner than the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory persists. That’s whatever the dearth of actual

consultations by authorities and real-estate builders with the indigenous inhabitants of the neighborhood. No resettlement plans nor compensation have been put in place.

Representatives of Dubaidna community and staff of Amnesty International at a press conference in Abuja.
Representatives of Dubaidna neighborhood and staff of Amnesty Worldwide at a press conference in Abuja.

“In May 2022, the FCTA Division of Progress Administration accompanied by intently armed policemen, troopers and completely different security brokers marked numerous buildings within the neighborhood for demolition with out adequate uncover. Group members have been subjected to harassment and assault by security brokers. Two neighborhood members have been shot. Group members proceed to keep beneath fear, as the FCTA Division of Progress Administration have threatened to return to demolish all buildings along with a lot of of properties sheltering 1000’s of households,” the residents and Amnesty Worldwide acknowledged in a joint assertion study to journalists on Thursday.

Residents

The neighborhood chief, Ismaila Gandaba, at a separate press conference, attended berated the FCT administration for the destruction of their ancestral homes without any consideration for his or her resettlement.

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He raised suspicion of the potential involvement of their lawmakers inside the scheme given their inaction to their plight.

“We don’t have anyplace to go. In the event that they’re proper right here to take our land, they want to resettle us. Enable them to do the appropriate issue for us. We scheduled a gathering with them yesterday nevertheless they didn’t come and we heard that they’re coming as soon as extra to demolish additional of our properties.

“Sooner than the intervention of Amnesty Intervention, we employed the suppliers of a lawyer who wrote to the FCT Minister about what was about to happen on this village,” Mr Gandaba acknowledged.

Pictures of demolished structures at Dubaidna, a community in Durumi 3, Abuja.
Pictures of demolished buildings at Dubaidna, a neighborhood in Durumi 3, Abuja.

His stance was further echoed by Paulina Teller, the neighborhood’s women chief, who painted a traumatic picture of their youngsters who witnessed the current of drive of over 100 armed security officers on the scene.

Ms Teller acknowledged the neighborhood youth have been shot at, leaving two of their residents hospitalised.

She moreover acknowledged the neighborhood lacks elementary services having been neglected by the federal authorities.

“If we’re sick or our children are sick, we could have to go to Durumi 2 which is a bit faraway from proper right here. We don’t have good schools for our children to attend. The one accessible school right here’s a private school and it’s not in a wonderful state.

“The place we dwell we’re merely managing and the federal authorities wants to take what our dad and mother left for us.

“On that day, we weren’t allowed to air our views, our telephones have been smashed as a results of we now have been attempting to take footage of their doings to submit on social media. Our youths have been humiliated. We’re all Nigerians and that’s the one place we’ve to title our home. We’re the distinctive indigenes of Abuja. You of us ought to stop treating us as if we aren’t part of you on this nation,” she suggested journalists.

Pictures of demolished structures at Dubaidna, a community in Durumi 3, Abuja.
Pictures of demolished buildings at Dubaidna, a neighborhood in Durumi 3, Abuja.

The Nation Director of Amnesty Worldwide, Osai Ojighoi, acknowledged “We’re working very onerous to be sure that every explicit individual, regardless of your standing, in society has a spot. Nigeria belongs to us all and by no means merely to a select few.”

A director of the FCDA, Mukhtar Galadima, was unfriendly when PREMIUM TIMES sought his response to the allegations by the residents.

Mr Galadimawa cautioned this reporter in opposition to calling him to clarify the claims made by the residents.

This newspaper moreover reached out to Ikharo Attah, the senior explicit assistant to the FCT minister on enforcement and monitoring, for a response, nevertheless he had however to reply as of the time of submitting this report.


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