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Bassa Jiwa Jolted by the Tuesday, April 17, 2012 demolition exercise and forced eviction by officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA in company of armed mobile policemen, residents of Airport Village – also known as Bassa Jiwa – are still counting their losses weeks after the bulldozers had gone. As the name portrays, the community is predominantly home to the staff of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as well as several federal government agencies, especially of the Aviation Ministry, airline operators, Customs Service, Immigrations, Prison Services and other federal agencies situated along the Airport Road. As with the Gosa demolitions, the demolition exercise was spontaneously executed while many residents were at work, and never had the opportunity to salvage their belongings. Typical of demolition exercises in the FCT, only buildings belonging to non-indigenes were demolished. While population surveys are hardly carried out to ascertain the exact number of persons living in the various settlements. An estimated 3,000 persons are believed to have been displaced as a result of the 4day demolition exercises. Of all the demolitions in the FCT, the Airport demolitions stood out in terms of its spontaneity, and forcefulness. Unlike Gosa where some semblance of discussions had happened between natives and the city authorities and a demolition date scheduled, the Airport village demolitions is shorn of any form of meaningful engagement, or consultation with the affected populations. The only whiff of indication of the evictions is the red marks on buildings with inscriptions ‘Quit’, dated 3-4-12 that were observed on some buildings. Nothing describes the absence of engagement, or notification regarding the demolitions more than the conflicting narratives held by both the residents and natives. Speculations were rife that demolitions would affect only houses within the proximity of the areas earmarked for a rail expansion DEMOLISHING FOUNDATIONS OF PEACE

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