Residents of Jabi Masalachi in the Jabi District of Abuja in the FCT were last Thursday thrown into confusion when members of the FCT Task Force on City Sanitation demolished the palace of the chief of the area during an operation to demolish illegal structures.
A resident, Ayuba Kefas, told our reporter that the demolition of the palace was a source of concern to the indigenous people of the community as they now had no place to converge for meetings that required the attention of the chief.
He said, “This is the first time this kind of thing is happening, especially demolishing the palace of a chief in any settlement in the FCT.”
He added that the situation was more worrisome to residents about their fate as the village was home to hundreds of low income earners.
Effort to speak with the chief yielded no result as he was said to be too old and in shock.
City & Crime reports that the taskforce, comprises of officials of the FCT Development Control Department, the DRTS, the police, NSCDC, the AEPB, among others have been demolition illegal structure, some, the authorities say are being used by criminal elements.