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Gosa inhabitants are predominantly native farmers, firewood cutters, petty traders and low-income earners working in unskilled, unprotected and low-wage informal service industries and trade. As with other indigenous communities along the Airport Road – such as Chika, Alieta, Galadimawa, Kabusa, Lugbe, Pyakasa, Piwoyi – their relatively low cost of living and proximity to the city centers made them magnets for migrants coming to the Abuja area. Aside the historical harmonious co-existence among its multi-religious populations, crime rates are notably low, making it difficult to rationalize fears of an imminent infiltration of the community by members of the Boko Haram sect. On April 26, 2012, over 100 ancestral homes, businesses, churches, mosques, schools, farmlands, crops, shrines and important cultural relics belonging to indigenous Gbagyi farmers and lowincome families were demolished on the orders of the FCDA and the Nigerian Police Force. Buildings of different types and sizes ranging from 2 -3, 4 bedrooms and single rooms inhabited by an estimated 100 families: both natives and non-indigenes were all reduced to rubbles. The demolitions were carried out without adequate prior notice, without adequate consultation with affected persons, without payment of compensation or provision of alternate shelter, rendering several families including children, the youth, women and the aged, homeless. Sometime around April 17, 2012, some persons believed to be FCDA officials in the company of police officers stormed the community in trucks and other vehicles, inspecting and traversing the community and environs. They marked all houses in a section of the community for demolition, warning residents to vacate the area. Interviews with a number of evictees showed that the locals were very unclear about the identity of the “visitors” that marked their homes. Apart from that visit, no meaningful consultations

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