Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 July 2011

Nigeria: Security - Deidei Village Faces Demolition

A joint task force committee set up by FCT Administration comprising, Development Control, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) , Parks and Recreation and Directorate of Road Transport Service (VIO) yesterday swooped on Deidei village , an outskirt of FCT, demolishing shanties and illegal structures there.

Speaking to journalists on the reason for the demolition exercise that affected many residents of the densely populated area, Deputy Director Monitoring and Enforcement, Development Control Department, Mal. Tukur Ibrahim, said that the area apart from having several illegal structures have constituted a security threat to the FCT.

He said that a cattle market that sprang up there have led to the building of shanties where the drivers of the trailers conveying the cattle pass the night. This, according to him, have made the security situation there tense with the presence of hooligans, prostitutes and narcotic drugs dealers turning the place to a haven.

" We are there to tidy the place and create free flow of traffic that is caused by the cattle market that sprang up there. Heavy trucks are carelessly parked along the road causing traffic hold up. The security situation there is also very tense. You cannot pass there from 9.00 p.m because of the presence of people of questionable characters, " he said.

However one of the residents of the area, Momodu, complained that they were not notified early enough for them to vacate the place, alleging that the houses belonging to Gbagy indigenes were mostly affected by the demolition exercise which affected about 30 buildings.

Responding to the allegations, Mallam Tukur said that the allegation is not true, saying they have been notified since two years ago, but they did not take it seriously.

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