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Residents kick over the demolition of houses In Abuja.

About 2,000 houses located in the Trademore area of the Federal Capital Territory might be demolished on Monday by the Federal Capital Development Authority.

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Residents kick over the demolition of houses In Abuja.
Residents kick over the demolition of houses In Abuja.

About 2,000 houses located in the Trademore area of the Federal Capital Territory might be demolished on Monday by the Federal Capital Development Authority.

In an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents, the President of the Trademore Resident Association, Adewale Adenaike, said about 40,000 residents would be displaced if the planned demolition exercise was carried out.

Adenaike, however, noted that alternative solutions could be explored as he debunked the claim that the area where the estate is situated was an illegal settlement.

He said, “We have been reliably informed that the authorities are coming (today), July 3rd 2023, to demolish 2000 houses and displace over 40,000 Nigerians living in the area.

They have described this place as an illegal settlement, but we had three polling units here during the last elections. So, they can come to collect our votes and request payment for electricity bills, but we are illegal?

“Years ago, a section of this estate was commissioned by the former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; high-ranking officers are staying in this area, which the FCDA has termed as a disaster zone because they are unapproved. Where were Development Control, FCTA and FCDA when all this development occurred in an area they termed illegal?

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“Currently, 99 per cent of houses in this area are financed by Federal Mortgage Bank owned by the Federal Government, and the payments are ongoing. So, they financed an illegal settlement.”

The FCT authorities had declared the estate located along the Lugbe-Airport Expressway a disaster zone following the unfortunate flooding incident at the Phase 2 end of the estate after hours of downpour last Friday.

The Director-General of the FCT Emergency Management Agency, Dr Abbas Idriss, said the decision followed the persistent threat to life from flooding at the estate, adding that the FCT Administration placed a high premium on the lives and properties of residents.

In a statement on Sunday, the Executive Secretary of FCDA, Shehu Ahmed, revealed that a police station in Trademore would be demolished and other buildings following its warning to residents to evacuate the area.

By declaring Trademore a disaster zone, we have told the residents there to evacuate. The police station in Trademore would be demolished. It will go alongside other buildings. We have engaged the FCT Police Command and have provided a suitable place for them to operate from and fight crime,” the statement partly read.

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