Most of the squatters have nowhere else to go to
The Abuja administration on Wednesday evicted squatters from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, quarters at Mabushi, Abuja.
The squatters were thrown out in the early hours of Wednesday by officials from the Federal Capital Territory Development Agency, FCDA.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the area on Thursday, some of the squatters could be seen moving what was left of their property, just as several others lamented that they were not given enough time to vacate the area.
The expensive quarters made up of scores of housing units had been long abandoned by its original owners; and was eventually taken over by the squatters, mainly artisans, house helps, food sellers, carpenters and water vendors, servicing the homes of the rich in and around Utako District.
A number of the evictees, who seemingly had nowhere to go, could be seen begging strangers for help, and relief materials.
Sanni, a teenage boy who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said he and his mother had moved their things out of the building before the eviction squad came, but had nowhere to go.
“We just put our things beside the water (Jabi Lake). We have lived in the building for many years, and my father died here. He was a guard in Utako. Now that we have been told to leave, we don’t know where to go,” he said.
Some evictees said many of them had relocated to the precincts of the NNPC Mega Station in Kado Kuchi.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the FCDA to speak to its Director of Mass Housing Department, Jibril Umar, his secretary said he was not in the office and she could not give out his phone number. She, however, asked PREMIUM TIMES to return next week.
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