Illegal Structures at Zaudna community were today demolished by officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Murktar Galadima said the move became necessary towards reclaiming the land that has been mapped out for the land swap programme.
He explained that the illegal structures had to go down to enable the administration give out the land to investors in exchange for infrastructure.
Zaudna village which is under Jiwa chiefdom in Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC), is one of the districts earmarked for land swap programme by the administration.
Mr Galadima lamented that the illegal structures were obstacles, a development he described as unacceptable by the FCT administration.
According to him, the natives had series of meetings before the enforcement.
Galadima said: “Zaudna is one of the districts committed for land swap programme, where FCT administration gives out land and the investor provides infrastructure.
“The demolition exercise is one of the programmes approved by the Federal Executive Council, so our responsibility is to ensure that the investor has no obstacle in providing the infrastructure”. Galadima said.
On his part, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, Comrade Ikharo Attah hinted that the Occupiers had no land titles, but an agreement signed on an ordinary plain paper with the Natives.
Attah urged residents to desist from buying lands from the locals, adding that only the Minister of FCT has the right to approve land.
“We are reclaiming the land earmarked for infrastructure development but has been illegally taken over by some persons that said they bought it from the indigenes. We came in here, and interfaced with the indigenes and they told us that the areas didn’t concern them”
A victim, Faith Opaluwa who was visibly in tears said: “I am in tears because I spent a lot of money on this house, if my children return from school now what will we do? That is my greatest pain. The government should know that we have spent a lot on this”
Another victim, Uguachima Lovet said:. ” We have suffered to build this place, but today the whole place has been demolished. The indigenes sold it to us. I have been here for one year but the notice didn’t reach one month”
Report By Remi Johnson, Edited by Grace Namiji