In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, October, 2020

Shock As Policemen Storm Abuja Neighborhood At Midnight, Demolish Buildings After Teargassing Residents

Shock As Policemen Storm Abuja Community At Midnight, Demolish Buildings After Teargassing Residents

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Inhabitants of Apo Akpmajenya indigenous group, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, are nonetheless counting their losses. That is even days after armed policemen swooped on them on the unholy hours of the evening, teargasing them earlier than evicting them and demolishing their homes.

In a commando style, the residents claimed that the armed policemen with teargas and different weapons arrived the group by three.00am on Saturday, August 15, brutalised them and diminished their over 134 homes to clutter.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) had on that fateful day rolled out bulldozers and demolished the homes at Apo Akpmajenya group, in an operation aimed on the deliberate development of Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX), claiming that sufficient compensation and lodging had been supplied for most of the displaced residents.

Deputy Director, Planning and Resettlement, Division of Resettlement and Compensation, Nasir Suleiman, maintained that homeowners of 131 homes and 169 plots got compensation earlier than the graduation of the train. Wailing, among the displaced residents nonetheless sleeping within the open with mats swore to struggle the injustice with the final drain of their blood.

They claimed that solely the indigenes of the village had been compensated. They argued that numerous the displaced individuals had been non-indigenous proudly owning homes and have been dwelling there for a few years.

The affected residents described the motion of the authorities as unfair, insensitive, depraved and brutish. One of many victims, Timothy Emmanuel, informed Every day Solar: “I’ve been staying on this group for greater than 17 years. I used to be born right here and my mother and father stay right here. Speaking about prior discover, the one one we obtained was the association for spare components outlets to be relocated to Apo resettlement.

“We complied with that discover, eliminated all of the containers and signal boards from the highway, and made certain no one was promoting or sampling something exterior. After we complied with that, no one got here to say that we have now completed properly. No one even got here once more to present any discover.

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“They didn’t even inform us to go away within the first place. They solely spoke about individuals promoting spare components on the highway. They only got here round three.00am on a Saturday, which isn’t an official working day. They got here with armed males surrounding all over the place, capturing into the air to clear the individuals.

“Certainly one of my neighbours was inside his home sleeping, didn’t even know what was taking place, they shot teargas into his home. It was simply God that helped them, if not they might have died. They might not see not to mention evacuate their belonging. We don’t know if the indigenes had been compensated as a result of we have now not heard from them since.

“Nevertheless, for us the occupants, as you possibly can see, there was nothing like compensation. I got here to this village in 2003, that was 17 years, however I didn’t get something. My households are scattered with completely different kin, my property gone, I’m even grateful that I used to be capable of carry all my issues.”

One other resident, Friday Boaz, mentioned: “I’ve been staying right here for greater than six years and I didn’t find out about any discover. I simply awakened by three.00am on Saturday to gunshots and teargas from police ordering us to pack our belongings and evacuate. They didn’t give me anyplace to remain.

“They could have compensated the indigenes however individuals like me weren’t given something. I needed to beg for one uncompleted constructing in Gudu to squat, I don’t have anyplace to remain. Persons are saying they need to communicate for us however the way in which I see it, nothing will come out of it. The sort of factor has been taking place for years.”

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Christina Fakorede who witnessed the incident, narrated: “I don’t keep within the village, I keep on this property reverse. Within the early hours of Saturday, from my property we had been listening to screams, so we went to verify. There have been so many armed males chasing individuals away. That certainly didn’t appear like the way in which they evict those that they’ve given compensation.

“I imagine they need to have at the least given them three days to pack their belongings. You don’t simply swoop on individuals in the midst of the evening with teargas. A few of them couldn’t take out their belongings. Chairs, beds, furnishings had been destroyed together with the buildings. You’ll be able to nonetheless see a few of them damaged. I don’t even know if it was gunshots or solely teargas.

“They mentioned it’s highway they need to assemble, however that may be a lie. The village is reverse this Efab Property. In the event that they need to assemble a highway, they should demolish the property as properly. However clearly they’ll’t do this. They’re simply towards the poor and it’s unhappy.”

An outdated girl, who declined to disclose her identification, mentioned: “I’m even uninterested in crying. My grown up youngsters presently stick with their mates in Apo resettlement. The youthful ones are scattered in other places.

“We’re listening to that the indigenes had been compensated however what about us who’ve stayed her for over 20 years? What will probably be our destiny? Some persons are staying in uncompleted buildings.

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“Others are squeezing themselves into no matter shelter they’ll discover. I don’t imagine these individuals will truly do something about this. They’re very depraved individuals who don’t care concerning the poor. That’s the Nigeria we stay in.”

An offended younger man mentioned: “I don’t even keep in mind the time they got here. They began telling everybody to park out, everybody was panicking, at first I believed they had been simply joking. The indigenes right here assured us that nothing would occur that we shouldn’t panic. A few of us received relaxed, as a result of the indigenes chased the primary policemen away. So that they got here again with so many extra policemen, throwing teargas all over the place and other people began operating chaotically.

“About different lodging, we didn’t get something. We imagine that the indigenes had been privy to this however didn’t inform us. I actually assume they had been settled. I’ve parked my belongings to my pal’s home. My mother and my sisters parked their belongings to our in-law’s place. There are others who’re simply staying within the open with out wherever to go.”

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