The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday removed hundreds of illegal structures around Gishiri village in the Katampe District of Abuja.
The administration said the exercise was aimed at reclaiming encroached plots for the lawful owners to take possession.
Officials of the Development Control Department of the FCTA, accompanied by security personnel, stormed the area with two bulldozers and pulled down the structures on plots for residential, commercial, educational and religious purposes.
While some of the victims of the exercise lamented that they just finished paying their rent barely one week ago, others said the landlords were asking them to pay their rent before their residences were pulled down. Also, it was observed that the legal owners of the plots immediately started taking possession of their lands by erecting perimeter fences around them as purportedly directed by the FCTA.