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Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2020

Lugbe: Tension mounts over ‘illegal’ demolition of structures

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By Stanley Onyekwere

There is palpable tension at Lugbe community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja over alleged looming illegal invasion and demolition of structures by a private estate developers in the area.
Checks revealed that the residents of the community, popularly known as Committee on Roadside Development (CRD) Lugbe One, are now living in fear, following conflict with the estate management firm, which vowed to take law into their hands if authorities concerned refuse to take appropriate actions.
It was gathered that the alleged invasion and demolition of fences and other structures began, on Wednesday, after the owners of the houses have gone to their various offices.
It will be recalled that the residents of CRD had, on several occasions, staged peaceful protests to the office of the FCT Minister to lodge complaints over the land dispute.
Some of the residents complained of government ineptitudeness to resolve the tussle once and for all, even as they alleged that the private estate management was using Police to intimidate and threaten them, saying if immediate action was not taken, it might snowball to chaos.
According to one of the residents, Mrs. Yinka Adeife, a retiree, she had committed her pension on the project, wondering why the estate management would demolish it.
Another aggrieved resident, Mr. Lawal Omoniyi cautioned that: “We will retaliate if government refuse to help us. We will be forced to respond aggressively if nothing is done to stop this monster.
“He has resumed demolition of properties, pulling down houses claiming he is helping Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to create roads.
“We appeal to the authorities in Abuja to look into our matter. We have duly signed acknowledgement copies of letters sent to the government.”
Others who spoke corroborated Omoniyi’ views, vowing to resist any attempt to bring their buildings down.

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