By Henry Umoru
ABUJA â€” THE Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), weekend, pulled down over 500 structures at a site earmarked as quarry for construction companies operating in Mpape, one of the sprawling settlements in FCT as part of moves to carry out its threat leaving residents lamenting their plights.
The exit of former Minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai,Â has rendered no fewer than 3,000 people homeless.
Similar demolition was carried out by the present administration at Sabon-Lugbe, a major community along Nnamdi Azikiwe Road where thousands of people were also without where to stay.
It also occurred in Gosa, Airport road. All these after the exit of el-Rufai, according to the administration, to restore the distorted master plan.
At Mpape weekend, owners of the houses and residents watched with utmost disbelieve and anguish as bulldozers from the Department of Development Control were mauling down their houses which had earlier been marked for demolition about a month ago.
Although the residents were optimistic that the exercise would never commence due to the expiration of the notice given to them, they could not believe their eyes until the bulldozers pulled down their structures.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero had two months ago ordered that houses that were 100 metres away from the Quarry site situated in the area be demolished due to the health hazards and other dangers residents were exposed to as a result of blasting activities.