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Residents protest demolition in Abuja

25 July 2012, 09:34

Abuja - Some residents of New Kuchigoro in Abuja  on Tuesday protested against the demolition of their houses by Abuja  Development Control Department.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters mounted a road block along the Games Village route in the Federal Capital Territory and made bonfires to express their anger.

However, a large contingent of security personnel was at the scene to calm down the protesters and maintain peace.

Mr Johnson Garba, a resident of the village, told NAN that only one week notice was given to them to leave the area and stressed that the time was too short for them to relocate elsewhere.

``Most residents in the village had gone to their various places of work before the demolition team came and they destroyed all our property,’’ he said.

Garba said the residents of the village were non-indigenes, who bought plots from  the indigenes. 

Another resident, Grace Ayuba, also expressed anger  over the demolition, saying their property, including farms, were destroyed during the exercise.

The residents claimed that some villagers died during the demolition.

Mrs Josie Mudashiru, Head of Public Relations Unit, Department of Development Control, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, told NAN that the people were given sufficient notice.

``We gave them enough notice before we commenced the demolition, “  she said.

``There was no life lost, rather they attacked us; injured one of our officers; vandalised our vehicle and prevented us from carrying out our duty,’’ Mudashiru said.

She said that the demolition to be carried out in 19 villages, would affect only the buildings of non-indigenes, shanties and illegal structures.

Also, ACP Sunday Odukoya,  the leader of the police contingent, said no life was lost during the demolition.  (NAN) 

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