Thousands of people living at Apo Akpamajeyan village popularly called Apo NEPA are now counting their loses as their sleep was cut short at dawn by sound of bulldozers that came to demolish their houses.
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Saturday as early as 4am came into the area and demolished over 134 houses at the indigenous community, which according to the authorities was to pave way for the construction of a major road network in the area.
The exercise was coordinated by the FCT Task Force on City Sanitation, under the leadership of the chairman, Ministerial Task Team, Mr Ikharo Attah.
Briefing newsmen shorty after the exercise, Malam Muktar Galadima, the Director, Department of Development Control, explained that the community was earlier marked for demolition since January, 2020.
Galadima also said that prior to the demolition, the FCTA through its relavant agencies, had interface with the inhabitants of the settlement on the need for them to vacate the area which falls under the corridor of the planed outer Southern Express Way (OSEX).
He said the community falls on one of road interchanges linking Oladipo Diya, which is an arterial road with the outer Southern express way.
On his part, Malam Nasir Suleiman, the Deputy Director, Planning and Resettlement, Department of Resettlement and Compensation, said 131 houses and 169 plots were given for compensation to the members of the affected Akpmajenya indigenous community.
Suleiman also said that the FCT administration had provided a plot of land for Chief house, comprehensive development and commercial plots, adding that most of them have already moved to Apo Resettlement Scheme.
The deputy director, however, said that a few of them were yet to move.
He explained that the policy of Federal Capital City (FCC) was to resettle all the indegeous settlement within the FCC to the Federal Capital Territory which is outside the FCC.
Also speaking, Malam Baba Lawan, the Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), said that the village constitutes a lot of environmental nuisances and monumental waste generation.
Lawan added that on daily basis trucks of waste generated from the village are carted away from the community to the central dump side.
According to him, the village is consist of around 80 per cent commercial activities because is not a traditional Gbagi village as we are aware.
” The village is now occupied by commercial people who are mainly traders and they generate lots of waste and those waster are deposited even on the road.”
He said the Akpmajenya village also constitutes traffic gridlock on that axis due to its location at a junction of Oladipo Diya road and Apo Mechanic Village road.
Contributing, the Director, FCT Department of Security Services, Malam Adamu Gwary, noted that the village also served as a criminal hideout where most of the properties stolen are taken to, including cars.
Gwary used the occasion to reiterate the determination of the FCT administration to continue to provide adequate security of lives and properties in the territory.