On Wednesday, the Federal Capital Territory Administration began demolishing houses and evicting residents in the Durumi 3 area of Gaduwa, Abuja.
Hundreds of people were left homeless and jobless as some homes and petty-trading shops were demolished, instilling fear and anger among residents living in unplanned areas of the country’s capital city.
Mohammed Adam, an eyewitness who spoke to our correspondent, said the eviction began around 10 a.m. on Wednesday and was supervised by Nigerian Army officers.
“Before they came today, they shot a young person in the leg about two months ago when they came to mark the houses for demolition,” Adam explained.
According to an affected resident who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, the FCTA cited alleged terrorist infiltration of the community as the reason for the demolition.
A Central Mosque and a church belonging to the Redeemed Christian Church of God were among the properties demolished.
This is one of several house demolitions and evictions that have occurred in the country’s capital city in recent years.
As of press time, our correspondent’s efforts to reach the FCTA had been futile.