Abuja indigenes protest, accuse Army of plotting to take their lands

Some indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Thursday barricaded the main entrance of the National Assembly protesting a quit notice allegedly issued to them by the Nigerian Army.

The leader of the group, Jubrin Mamman, said the Army recently encroached into their lands, located at Tunga Maje, along Gwagwalada-Abaji axis of the FCT.

Mr. Mamman said that the action violated a court ruling restraining them from doing so.

He further claimed that the security agency had given them up till the end of October to vacate the areas.

“We will not accept to be treated as strangers in our lands.

“We have been living at Tunga Maje and its environs for years and won’t let anyone, including the Nigerian Army, to intimidate us out of our lands.

“We are appealing to the authorities of Federal Capital Territory to tell Army to leave us alone.

“There is an existing court order restraining them from chasing us away from our lands but they are not obeying it.

“That is why we have come to express our grievances,” he said.

Mr. Mamman added that the group had earlier petitioned the Attorney General of the Federation on the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters, who arrived the National Assembly at 11 a.m. prevented vehicles from entering the complex.

They displayed placards with various inscriptions expressing their displeasure over any move to evict them from the area.

However, attempt by the protesters to force themselves into the complex to meet the leadership of Senate and the House of Representatives was resisted by the security operatives.

The main gate was reopened at about 2 p.m. when the protesters had dispersed.


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