Indigenes of Dagbalo community in Apo area of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC to launch an investigation into the past activities of officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA on the area of allocation of plots particularly those whose Certificate of Occupancy, C of O were approved less than stipulated one year.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja at the weekend, on behalf of the community, the leader of Dagbalo community, Rev. Danjuma Tanko insisted that commencing a probe on the ill activities of FCDA officials will aid in healing the wounds suffered by vulnerable indigenes of Abuja, who he said were subjected to untold hardship and all manner of unearthed treatment by the past FCT administration.
He said that the FCTA through its department of resettlement and compensation led a bulldozer on the 30th July, 2013 to wipe out the Dagbalo community, destroying their farm lands without compensation and allocated same area to one Mr. Owuora, owner of Owuora group of companies.
According to him, “It took the FCDA officials led by Director of resettlement and compensation, Mr. Francis Okechuckwu five days with red armed soldiers loaded in a pickup van to wipe off our entire community.”
“Our people were helpless and being armless, all we could do was to report the matter to the nearest police division at Apo, which we were advised to go to court to seek redress.
“The case was immediately filed at the FCT High Court at Jabi and now in FCT court over two years ago. All efforts by our council to see the quick dispensation of justice proved abortive and therefore causing untold hardship and more suffering to our people even as we squatting with our neighbours.
“Counsel to the FCDA has joined in frustrating the case by failing to tender his redress for adoption which ought to have been done since July, 2015 before the court went on recess.
“On resumption, the next adjournment was on the 17th of October 2015, neither the director nor their defence counsel was in court to tender their redress for adoption” he said.
He further appealed to the president to mandate the incoming minister of the FCT to re-exist their communities which he said was demolished by the FCDA and allocated to a single developer.


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