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Residents protest demolition of houses in Abuja

Abuja – Protest erupted in Abuja Model City, Adkan Estate, Gwarinpa II and Galadima on Thursday following alleged demolition of houses in Lungu, a settlement in the estate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 6th Avenue, the major road to the estate and the main gate, were blocked by the protesters making it impossible for motorists to enter or leave the estate.

This resulted in a gridlock in the estate, spilling over to the Kubwa expressway as tyres were burnt in the gate.

Some women carried placards with inscriptions such as: “we are tired of demolition’’; “FCT Minister, please come and help us’’; “Stop this demolition.

A resident, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the riot was a reaction to the demolition that took place in Lungu.

She said that during the demolition, a house collapsed and killed a two-month old baby.

“The baby died and the mother, who could not bear it, stabbed herself and died’’, she said.

During the protest, an alert was sent out to residents warning them against movement in and out of the affected areas.

At the time of this report, the Police and FCDA were yet to issue any official statement on the matter. (NAN)


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