Villagers Stops FCTA’s Demolition of Buildings Under High Tension Wires
Villagers and hoodlums at Magaji PE community in Jabi District of Abuja, on Sunday, prevented officials of the FCT Administration’s Department of Development Control from removing illegal buildings under high tension wires in the area.
The villagers came out in their large numbers and vowed to stone the FCTA officials if they tam-pered with their property.
City & Crime reports that sensing trouble, the officials, along with their few security men, with-drew from the area.
The Director of Development Control, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, described the situation as unfortu-nate and unacceptable.
He explained that the department earlier issued vacation notices to those occupying illegal struc-tures built under high tension wires in the community.
He explained that, “What happened here today is really unfortunate. We decided to tactically withdraw to avoid causing more chaos and crisis.
“So the best thing for us was to withdraw from the exercise pending when tension is down and then we will be adequately prepared to go back and do what is necessary.
“The operation is part of our weekend programme of activities, where we sanitise the city, partic-ularly where we believe there are issues of security challenges or issues of hygiene and other as-pects of urbanization; so we try to move in.
“We have done that at Apo, some parts of resettlement Centre B and other parts of the city. Even last week we came here and started the operation, but because time was against us we moved out and decided to return today.”