The residents of Abuja on Thursday expressed anger over the ongoing demolition exercise being carried out by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Abuja.
The Bayelsa Times Corresondent observed the houses were pulled down in Lugbe among other areas in Abuja Municipal Area Council.
Some of the residents were seen hurriedly evacuating their properties and conveying them in several vehicles in order not to lose all they have laboured for.
The demolition comes barely 48 hours after the federal authorities issued a notice, a situation that made residents accuse the FCTA officials of putting them in an embarrassing situation.
Speaking to newsmen, the Chairman of Trademore Estate Phase 2, Uchechukwu Moses, said that residents of the area were angry because the FCT minister approved just 23 houses for demolition but they observed that over 96 buildings were actually marked to be pulled down.
“Our residents are gathered in concern and in fear. The moment Control were in our estate yesterday to mark houses that are supposed to be demolished, the concern is that from the papers, we learned that 23 houses were approved but from the count that we did yesterday, over 96 houses have been marked,” he said.
Other residents lamented that even buildings that have experienced floods previously were marked for demolition, wondering what their plight would be.
While wondering if the flooding situation would change in the nation’s capital as a result of the demolition, the affected residents said the FCTA authorities claimed they just wanted a free flow of the flood.