Flooding: Abuja Estate Residents Protest Planned Demolition

Protests have erupted in Trademore Estate, located in the Lugbe-Airport area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against the planned demolition of the estate by the FCT administration.

The decision to demolish the estate came in the wake of a severe flood that occurred after heavy rainfall on Friday, June 23.

The FCT administration had previously declared the estate a disaster zone due to persistent threat of flooding.

Consequently, the authorities urged residents to evacuate the area promptly.

The residents have in reaction taken to the streets in protest on Monday morning, demanding that the administration provided engineering solution instead of resorting to demolition.

During the protest, residents held up placards with inscriptions: “Provide engineering solutions, not roadside approach,” “Put an end to senseless killing,” and “Trademore Estate is not a disaster zone.”

The residents were pressing for alternative measures to address the flooding issue, rather than destruction of their homes.

Support Army in Combating Security Challenges, Taraba Gov Urges Nigerians

Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas, on Sunday urged Nigerians to support the army in their battle against insecurity in the country.

Kefas made the call at an interdenominational service as part of the activities marking the 2023 Army Day celebration at the Anglican Cathedral, Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

The Secretary to the State Government, Chief Gebon Kataps represented the governor.

The governor noted that as a former army officer, his administration would support the army in the best ways possible to help secure Taraba, a border state.

In his homily entitled, ‘A Call to Service’ Rt. Rev. Foreman Nedison, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jalingo urged the army officers and soldiers to be selfless in service to humanity.

While commending the army for its role over the years in defending Nigeria, Nedison condemned those who extorted money from drivers on the road, urging them to turn a new leaf.

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“Nigeria army has been very strong in defending the country and even other countries that need help like Liberia, and Sierra Leone among others over the years.

“I urge Nigerians to join hands in supporting the army with information and everything they need in carrying the work effectively for the peace of the nation,” he said.

Also speaking, Commanding Officer of the Army 6 Brigade in Jalingo, Brig-Gen. Frank Etim, said the church service was part of the activities lined up for the commemoration of the 2023 Army Day Celebration slated for Saturday.

Etim noted that army personnel were in the church to return all glory and honour to the Almighty God for his mercies on them as they go about their duties, as well as to ask the church to continue to pray for them.