Unlawful Take Over Land: Gbagyi Indigenes Barricades FCT minister office
Office of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Mallam Bello Mohammed on Monday was barricaded by the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Groups with a peaceful protest against the alleged forceful takeover of their land and killing of one them by the Nigerian Army last week.
The group staged protest at the gate office of the Minister accused the Military of taking their land in Giri, Kpakuru, Zuba, Ido Sariki and Tunga-Maje of the FCT in Abuja.
The protesters condemned the killing of one Hamza Haruna allegedly by security operatives in the capital city while 6 of the people shot by Army were still in the hospital for treatment.
Speaking to Aljazirah Nigeria, the leader of the group the chairman of FCT Koro youth Association Alhaji Adamu Ishaiku, lashed at minister over his failure to come to the help of the indigenes.
He said: “There has been a challenge for long between an original inhabitant of Abuja and the Nigerian Army who are forcefully trying to acquire our land by force without consultation or discussion.
“We have reacted by written to so many segments of the government over our land, the land cover from Airport to Giri Junction to Tungan Maje down to Zuba and Airport so many communities are there.
“Today, Nigerian Army said we should vacate the land, that, the land belongs to them, and even serving some communities with quit notice and we don’t know the reason. Because we know that there is land act even if it the federal government that need land he has to follow due process.
“They came by force and said we should quit, presently we have no right, we are the customary right owner of our land, this is our ancestral land and today Nigerian Army is saying we should quit.
“We don’t have right to go and even cutting firewood from our land, they have brought bulldozer to destroy our crop.
“As a result of bulldozing we reacted by blocked Gwagwalada-Tunga-Maje express road on that process we are not holding sticks, no stone it was a peaceful protest, Nigerian army just came up without asking, they started shooting they ended killing one of us while 6 people are in hospital.”
Alhaji Isiaku added: “And the following day the director of security came from FCTA and pleaded with us that we should suspend the protest that they will arrange the dialogue between Nigerian army, FCDA, Angora of Zuba and some youths who are part of affected areas, they said the meeting will take place on Thursday we waited till evening nobody they later call that the meeting has been suspended till the next day, and we waited they did not come.
“Does it mean that the Minister is too big to come and attend to our problem? What we want from Minister to address us and tell the Nigerian Army to leave our land for us, they should pack all their belonging.
“The presidential committee set-up four years ago is not doing anything about it, are we going to fold our hands and watch our people been killed? He asked.
However, the commissioner of Police FCT CP Bala Ciroma, who came to the scene, appealed to the protesters to allow peace to reign.
According to him, blocking of the rock has brought a lot of hardship to other Nigerian this is against the law of the land.
“We know your pain, but the matter is the government matter and I believed the government is not working hard to solve it.”
As at the time of filing the report, Aljazirah gathered that minister is attending the serious meeting and may not be available to address the aggrieved crowd.