Hoodlums Attack FCTA Demolition Task Force, Injure Policeman, Others

There was tension at Gaduwa community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) when suspected hoodlums attacked officials of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Development Control attached to the Demolition Task Force team, which went to the community to mark some illegal houses springing up in the community for demolition.

The officials, who were heavily resisted and attacked by some people bearing dangerous weapons on Thursday, sustained various degrees of injuries, while some of them were held hostage for some hours.

The injured officials and some of the attackers were rushed to the hospital, while the officials taken hostage were later released, following a rapid response from the rescue team of FCT Police Command, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police for Operations, Bernard Igwe.

Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah, while commending some youths, who helped in calming the situation and worked towards the release of the hostages, noted that for the quick intervention of the reinforced rescue team, the miscreants would have unleash more mayhem on the team.

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“I was sent somewhere by the Minister and before I could I arrive the scene the Police officer who was badly injured on the head and others had been rushed to hospital.

“Those who were held hostage were rescued by a rescue team led by DCP Bernard Igwe. The area where the indigenous people stay was not marked. The Police will determine what happens to those who were arrested,” he said.

One of the officials, who were held hostage and the leader of the Development Control officials, Kalu Amadi, said the experience was horrific and may take some time for him to overcome the psychological trauma.

Amadi, who was allegedly stripped half-naked, explained that the attackers refused to hear that he was on official duty, and almost kill him.

An indigenous youth, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were few houses owned by some indigenes in the areas marked illegal expansion within the community. He noted that the place is largely occupied by settlers whom he pleaded should be allowed to live with them.

He also revealed that a man and a lady who sustained injuries in the conflict had also been rushed to the hospital.

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