Residents of Sabo Iddo on Thursday converged in tears at Sabo Iddo community of Abuja Municipal Area Council of FCT, as the authorities of Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA, bulldozers demolished more illegal houses in the area.
The FCT Ministerial Task Team on City Sanitation led by the chairman, Ikharo Attah had about a month ago led officials of the FCTA to dismantled several houses built without approval from the appropriate authorities.
Attah said the exercise was aimed at reclaiming the land that belongs to the University of Abuja UniAbuja, and also promote sanity in line with the Abuja master plan, not to hurt the residents.
He regretted that the buildings were raised without the consent of FCT Administration, through its Department of Development Control DDC.
The chairman said, “Demolition at Sabo Iddo is to keep Abuja clean not to hurt the residents, or those being affected.
“The painful thing in this community is that those who ought to have move after we came for the first clean up refused and are being decieved by some people to contribute money from N2,000 to N10,000 to bribe us not to come back for the demolition, if they had gave us bribe and it has worked why are we demolishing?.
“We would not have the moral standard to demolish the illegal structures, if we had collected bribe”
On appeals by the indigenes for FCTA to stop the demolition, Attah explained that the sanitation team will decide on the next step of action in Sabo-Iddo after briefing the minister of FCT malam Muhammad Bello on the exercise carried out so far.
The Joint Security Commander for the exercise, CSP Idowu Azeez had warned officers involved in the operation against human rights abuses.
Azeez charged them to understand that the principle of empathy demands that security personnel do their job while respecting the right of those affected by the demolition.
On their part, the victims who don’t want their names mentioned, said they were misled by some person to buy the land and build.
According to those affected, the indigene told them that, the lands were genuine because they were the inhabitants.
“They sold the land to us and we built on it, they told us that nothing was going to happen.
“Since the demolition started, the indigenes have been asking us to pay money so that they will go and discuss with FCTA officials, We have been contributing  as from N2,000 to N10,000 to give them, yet the demolition is being carried out” they said.

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