Amnesty International calls on the Minister of Federal Capital Territory( FCT)- Muhammed Musa Bello, to immediately halt plans for further demolitions at Durumi 3 community, where about 100 structures have been demolished, rendering some residents homeless and several without livelihoods. Forced eviction is a gross violation of human rights which in particular deprives people of the right to adequate housing.
At about 9 am on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, staff of the FCT’s Department of Development Control, personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and some other security agencies drove into Durumi 3 community with payloader vehicles and demolished about a hundred structures, including houses, markets, church, and mosque.
Personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police tear-gassed and physically assaulted residents. Some residents sustained injuries, and several children were exposed to tear gas, resulting in two children fainting. Residents of Durumi 3 community are currently under fear, as the Department of Development Control has threatened to return to demolish all structures, including hundreds of houses.
Amnesty International urges the FCT minister to immediately engage in genuine consultations with all affected residents of the Durumi 3 community and explore feasible alternatives to evictions. If unavoidable, evictions must respect human rights and procedural safeguards, including adequate notice, access to legal remedies, alternative and sustainable accommodation and adequate compensation must be provided to all affected residents.
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