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There was pandemonium and tears at Zaudna community on Friday, as officials of the Federal Capital Territory (FCTA) rolled in bulldozers and demolished unauthorised structures to reclaim the land for infrastructure development.

Zaudna village, which is under Jiwa chiefdom in Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC), is one of the districts earmarked for land swap programme by the administration.

The Director, Department of Development Control, Murktar Galadima after the demolition, said the community is committed to a land swap programme, where the administration gives out land to investors in exchange for infrastructure.

According to him, the illegal structures were constituting obstacles for the smooth take off of the exercise, and would not be tolerated by the FCT administration.

He said prior to the demolition, there was a demolition notice with a series of meetings with officials of the development control and the natives.

Galadima said: “Zaudna is one of the districts committed for land swap programme, where FCT administration gives out land and the investor provides infrastructure.

“The demolition exercise is one of the programmes approved by the Federal Executive Council, so our responsibility is to ensure that the investor has no obstacle in providing the infrastructure”.

On his part, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, Ikharo Attah regretted that owners of the houses demolished had no land titles, except an agreement they signed with the natives on ordinary plain papers.

Attah stated that the FCT has been warning people against buying lands from locals, considering the law that makes up the city.

He said since the moving of the Federal Capital Territory from Lagos to Abuja, only the Minister of FCT has the right to approve land.

A victim, Faith Opaluwa who was visibly in tears said: “I am in tears because I spent a lot of money on this house; if my children return from school now what will they do? That is my greatest pain. The government should know that we have spent a lot on this.”