Over 30,000 residents of Giri Village in Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja are expected to lose their homes if the planned demolition exercise by the FCT administration is carried out.
Investigation by LEADERSHIP revealed that the exercise would mostly affect non-indigenes who recently relocated to the village due to the activities of the insurgents in the North-East.
The population of the village, according to our findings, has suddenly increased in recent times because many survivors of Boko Haram attacks in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have taken the village as refugee camp.
One of the victims, Ahmed Mustapha said he was further traumatised when he saw officials of the FCT administration marking their houses for demolition without providing an alternative place for them.
“Many of us who came from Borno or Yobe states are living here in Giri because our houses have been destroyed by the Boko haram group. We are now facing another shock, since last week when the government marked our houses for demolition”, he said.
In a letter addressed to the FCT administration, the Abuja Non-indigenes Traditional Rulers Association appealed to the FCT permanent secretary, Engr. John Chukwu to suspend the planned demolition exercise in the village.
The letter which was signed by the president and secretary of the association, Eze Ndigbo of Abuja, HRH Eze Nwosu Ibe and Oba Yoruba of Abuja, HRM Olusegun Salau respectively and made available to LEADERSHIP noted that the appeal has become necessary.
Culled from: http://leadership.ng/news/454561/fct-demolition-30000-residents-to-lose-homes-in-giri-village