Chris Steven, Abuja
The Original Inhabitants of Abuja have issued a stern warning to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory administration, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye to desist from what they described as his inhumane treatment of the natives of the nation’s capital.
While expressing dissatisfaction with the way and manner the Department of Development Control on the order of the Permanent Secretary carried out demolition on Wednesday November 16, 2016 of a multimillion naira garden located on Ralph Sodeinde Street, Central Business District, the Original Inhabitants lamented that the exercise was targeted at them as 15 of the workers at the garden are Abuja natives.
In a statement issued by the Spokesperson of the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations, Comrade Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, the Abuja Indigenes said they would be left with no option than to mobilise their members from across the length and breadth of FCT to demonstrate against Dr. Ajakaiye if he failed to stop his desperation to seize the land where the garden was demolished.
The Association said it has heard it on good ground that the motive behind the demolition was for the Permanent Secretary to convert the land to his personal property since he has a limited time to retire from the service.
His words: ” It is sympathetic that the owner of the garden, a young businessman, Timothy Bagwams, watched with disbelief his investment becoming rubbles . I cannot imagine that due to just an individual selfish desire so many military men were deployed with an outstanding instruction to kill anyone who attempts to stop them from demolishing the garden. It is unfortunate that a journalist who attempted to cover the event was beaten to coma and hospitalized.
The plot No. 747A00 Central Area was allocated him as far back as 2007 by the FCT Administration with all necessary documents and Grant rent paid to the FCT account and his property did not contravene Abuja land use. There is nothing that contravenes law and order here.
The area is allocated as a park and recreation facility and officials of Development Control upon receiving instruction from the Perm Sec came with heavily armed policemen and soldiers to demolish the garden
We as original inhabitant of Abuja will organise a massive protest to ensure such decision is reversed because 15 of the 30 staffs working at the garden demolished are FCT natives, moreover we can not sit-down and watch a citizen of Abuja being humiliated because of certain interest of the FCT Permanent Secretary.
The FCT Minister should be careful with such persons who are desperate to forcefully acquire land by all means already allocated by his predecessors as that will attract so many court cases against the FCT and his administration”.
Comrade Yusuf however, called on the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello not to allow the desperate ambition of the Permanent Secretary to smear his good work and his reputation as a thorough breed administrator.
He also alleged that the Permanent Secretary has interest in areas such as Dei Dei market and Nyanya market where some clearance were recently carried out in the guise of demolition for him and his cronies to be able to have access to those areas.