Lokoja - The Kogi Government on Wednesday
evicted illegal occupants of the 272 housing units built for the 2012 flood victims
in Lokoja to enable it to enable it to use the facility appropriately.
The action was carried out by a combined team of police and
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Commenting on the action, the Deputy-Governor of the state,
Mr Yomi Awoniyi, said that those evicted had been occupying the houses
illegally for months and that some had even rented out the houses.
He said that the move was to enable the government to
relocate genuine victims of the 2012 flood disaster in Lokoja.
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“At the beginning , government thought those who had passed
through the screening and were allocated the rooms were the ones who were
overzealous and found their way into the estate.
“ But now that the truth has been discovered, government
after series of dialogue, warning and persuasion has no option but to eject the
illegal occupants and seal off the estate, “ he explained.
Awoniyi warned illegal occupants not to return to the estate
as government would have no option than to treat them as criminals.
He directed victims with genuine allocation letters to
present them to the Ministry of Lands and Housing for revalidation to enable
them to collect keys of their houses.
Awoniyi explained that the due process was followed in the
allocation of the houses to the victims and that any victim with complaints
should approach the appropriate quarters.