Panic in Abuja community as authorities begin demolition

Residents of Dakibiu, a suburb within the Jabi area of Abuja, have been thrown into panic by the ongoing demolition of the community by the authorities.

PREMIUM TIMES’ reporters, who visited the village, tucked in between Utako market and airport junction, saw several houses marked “demolition” and “removed” in the community.

Many residents, whose houses were marked, are currently removing their properties. Even zincs and other structures in the houses are being removed.

People could be seen standing in clusters, waiting to see when the bulldozers will be pulled in to start pulling down structures.

They also thronged the palace of the community chief with the hope that he will help beg the government to reconsider their plan.

Scores of policemen were also in place to restore calm in the event of an uprising.

Residents said they were not even given prompt notice before the said demolition.

“They only came and marked houses on Monday and today (Wednesday), they are coming to demolish,” said Amos Abbas, a dry cleaner, who has a house and shop that were marked for demolition.

Many of the residents, while counting their losses, also questioned why…

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