By Stanley Onyekwere
No fewer than one hundred and twenty buildings are going to be removed in Lokogoma District during the ongoing massive demolition exercise in the area.
Our correspondent reports that officials of the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (DCD) yesterday stormed and commenced the demolition of structures, allegedly obstructing waterways and road corridors in the area.
It was gathered that DCD officials accompanied by a joint security team for actual removal, had mobilised the previous night and positioned their bulldozers to remind residents to evacuate their marked buildings.
Recall that the exercise followed the expiration of a two-week ultimatum served on owners and occupiers of buildings on waterways and flood plains, causing seemingly endless flash flood in the mass housing settlement.
It was gathered that over three hundred structures may have been marked for demolition for violating building rules and regulations.
Speaking during the exercise, Director, Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima
said the affected structures are emolished, because they are located on waterways crisscrossing different estates within Lokogoma District, resulting in flooding in the area.
On how long the exercise will last, the Director said: “As long as it will take us to finish our assignment.”
However, as demolition is still ongoing, some observers are calling for the prosecution of the estate developers, who sold homes and lands to unsuspecting off-takers, who invested in erecting the affected structures in the area.