FCT administration under fire for demolition of village in Utako, Abuja

The FCT administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has come under heavy criticism for the demolition of Utako village in Abuja.

The demolished village is a suburb in the city centre with shanties housing mostly poor families.

But a human rights group says the FCT administration’s action seems as though it was waging an economic war on the poor at a time when green areas in the city are being allocated cronies.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and sent to DAILY POST said, “What is going on now in Abuja is same with the apartheid policy in South Africa just before the new South Africa introduced a new constitution which recognises right to housing as s human right,”

“In Nigeria, the poor are made homeless and the rich helped by the oppressors wearing the garb of a government to bastardise the master plan,” the group said.

Recall that the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA on Tuesday demolished houses at Utako village.

The demotion was carried out to ensure correction of all infractions and abuses of the Abuja Master Plan.

The Director of the Department, Malam Muktar Galadima, who led the previous demolition in the city had on August 12 said the FCTA would not condone land racketeering and grabbing.


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