Panic In Lugbe Community Over Demolition Of Structures

TENSION heightened at Lugbe community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja over alleged invasion and demolition of its structures.

Investigations by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that the aggrieved residents of the Community, popularly known as Committee on Roadside Development (CRD) Lugbe one, who have been enmeshed in conflict with the estate management, vowed to take law into their hands if authorities concerned refused to take appropriate actions.

It was further gathered that the alleged demolition of fences and other structures began, on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that the residents of CRD had, on several occasions, staged peaceful protests to the office of the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to lodge complaints over the land dispute.

Some of the residents, who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune complained over government’s failure to resolve the tussle once and for all.

One of the residents, Mrs. Yinka Adeife, a retiree, told the Nigerian Tribune that she committed her pension on the project, wondering why the estate management would demolish it.

Also speaking, Mr Lawal Omoniyi said: “We will retäliate if government refuses to help us. We will be forced to respond aggressively if nothing is done to stop this. The company has resumed demolition of properties, puling down houses claiming it is helping the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to create roads. We appeal to the authorities in Abuja to look into our matter. We have duly signed acknowledgement copies of letters sent to the government”.

When Nigerian Tribune visited the Corporate Office of Houses for Africa Nigeria Limited, management of River Park Estate, headed by Mr. Paul Odili, one of his staff, one Bisi Apata, who attended to our correspondent, said she could only attend to a guest who had earlier booked an appointment with Mr Odili

She, therefore, promised to get back on phone which she has not as of the time of the filing this report.

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