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FCTA brokers peace between Army, Abuja natives

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FCT Administration has waded into the lingering land
dispute between the Nigeria Army and the FCT original
inhabitants, appealing to both parties to give peace a
chance and allow the authorities continue in its efforts
towards a permanent solution to the problem.
This is after Abuja natives in the wee hours of Monday
stormed and grounded the office of the FCT Minister.
Activities and vehicular movements at the Federal
Capital Territory Administration, FCTA Secretariat was
disrupted as the natives protest alleged forceful takeover
of their land by the military.
The natives under the umbrella of coalition of FCT
Indigenous Associations, blocked the minister's main
entrance and caused gridlock for over three hours,
rendering the staff and passers -by stranded while
demanding that the appropriate authorities should
ensure that justice is done.
Addressing leaders of the original inhabitants, who led
their members to the FCTA Secretariat for the protest,
FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Chinyeaka
Ohaa revealed that the Administration was on top of the
situation, doing its best and meeting with all
stakeholders with a view to ensuring that a
comprehensive solution was reached on the matter. 

Ohaa said; "officials of the FCT Administration including
myself, the Ministry of Defence and some Army officials
have been meeting since last week to resolve this
problem. So, we are doing our best to make sure that
we resolve this matter comprehensively. The FCT
Minister is doing his best. 
"We have also met with security agencies. So it is wrong
to say that we are doing nothing. Our Directors were
there, representing and informing us directly of what was
happening on ground and we have continued to carry
out extensive consultations to make permanent peace
reign.
It would be remembered that the Army and Abuja
natives had a face off last week over land in Tunga
Make, in Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT where
one youth was killed and four others injured.
The FCTA has already set up a committee to look into
the matter and appealed to all to remain calm.
Representatives of the original inhabitants, who spoke
earlier during the meeting with the FCTA management
and security agencies, decried the forceful taking over of
their land.
According to Alhaji Adamu Isiaka, who led the protest,
the Army brought in bulldozers and forcefully took the
land from them, leaving them with no option but to come
out for a peaceful protest, which led to death of one of
their own.
Isiaka appealed that, if government would take their
ancestral land from them, it should be done with

consultation, but not forcefully "because it is our
ancestral home."

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