Residents of Kubwa satelite town living around the Arab road/Pipeline road axis have been rendered homeless following mass demolition exercise carried out by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).
A visit to the area revealed that residents were thrown into pandemonium when they were roused from sleep Saturday morning by sound of bull dozers demolishing people’s homes.
A resident, Daniel Uzodinma, said the authorities did not inform them of the exercise and that the way the demolition commenced showed that the authorities of the FCDA do not have regard for Abuja residents.
“I am so confused. This government is cruel. Imagine someone waking up in the morning to find a bulldozer outside his home unannounced. It’s simply cruel. Things are not done this way. We are not animals but human beings with flesh and blood. This is wickedness,” he said.
Another resident who introduced herself as Hajiya Halimat, lamented that she did not have anywhere else to go with the demolition of her house. She said her landlord packed out of the house without letting anybody know about the development demolition, saying he failed to return her rent which has not yet expired.
“Where do I go from here now? I do not have any money on me. My husband travelled and our property is outside. If they had announced that they are coming on a particular day to demolish our homes, we would have packed out before that day. But they just woke us from sleep this morning with the sound of bulldozer for demolition. This governm`ent does not have human feelings at all,” she lamented.
Speaking with journalists on site, the Assistant Director in charge of Monitoring and Enforcement, Development Control Department, Mr. Nathaniel Atebije, said that the exercise is for removal of structures that fall within the rail line.
He explained that about 100 structures have already been removed while 52 others will still face demolition.
He revealed that owners of structures with genuine allocation papers have been compensated; noting that every structure that falls within 50 metres of the rail lines will be removed.
Atebije said that the department went through all the right processes of notifying residents of the demolition.