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Demolition: FCT community accuses FCTA of high-handedness

Dubaidna community in Durumi 3, Abuja, have called on the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) to stop the plan to continue demolition and all forms…

Dubaidna community in Durumi 3, Abuja, have called on the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) to stop the plan to continue demolition and all forms of harassment and intimidation in the area.

In a statement signed by Amnesty International (AI) and the members of the community,  the people reminded the government of being a party to the International Covenant on Social and Cultural Rights, hence it had an obligation to respect, protect and fulfil the right to adequate housing by refraining from and preventing forced eviction of citizens.

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The spokesman of the youths in the community, Michael Kpatiba, said the justification given for the demolition was the high level of insecurity and the assumption that some communities might be harbouring criminals.

He also decried what he described as the “ceaseless intimidation on the community by real-estate developers who claim that the long-standing indigenous village of Durumi 3” had been allocated to them.

He noted that while all these were going on, there was no resettlement plan or compensation in place.

On Wednesday, last week, personnel from the FCTA Development Control, accompanied by armed security officers, stormed Dubaidna community and demolished many structures thereby rendering several members of the community homeless and without livelihoods.