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Galadimawa In Galadimawa, appeals by the villagers and residents urging the FCDA officials to shelve the demolitions fell on deaf ears as bulldozers flattened about 20 buildings within the community, and displaced hundreds. Without any responsibility to make reference to the community, the FCDA - ostensibly influenced by the soaring land values – had partitioned the farmlands of the poor and re-allocated same to rich property developers. Contrary to the claims by the FCDA officials that notices had been served on the community since 2011, residents lamented the lack of adequate prior notice of the evictions. Unlike other communities where indigenes and non-indigenes are at logger-heads regarding the handling of the demolitions, inhabitants of Galadimawa (both indigenes and non-indigenes) are united in the struggle and campaign for compensation, resettlement and relocation, with the local youth taking the lead in the advocacy efforts. As a matter of fact, the indigenes have been more vociferous, taking advantage of every legitimate avenue to champion their cause. Sensing the FCDA’s resolve to make good its threats to demolish the community, Galadimawa community representatives, like their Gosa neighbours, have also rushed to the courts to seek protection against the demolitions. As we shall see, the demolitions have continued unabated despite the flood of litigation in Abuja courts seeking restraining orders against the demolitions. The tardiness, and indeed unwillingness, of the judiciary in these circumstances to protect the human rights of the citizens facing threats of arbitrary forced evictions is manifest in the stream of lawsuits before Abuja courts brought by eviction-prone communities, none of which have been greeted with the deserving speed of a hearing on its merits. Alongside litigation, the Galadimawa natives, especially their local youths have sought the intervention of civil society organizations, to heighten their campaign for resettlement and compensation outside the courts. Iddo Sariki Demolitions Apparently, Iddo residents were unprepared for the demolitions when the bulldozers roared into the community. As of May 5, 2012, SPACES FOR CHANGE counted 48 demolished houses, comprising mainly of bungalows and highdensity tenant dwellings. The demolitions started on Thursday, May 3, 2012, and the 2 (two) bulldozers stationed at the Iddo Police Station signaled that the demolitions were still continuing in the following week. Heaps of properties belonging to evicted families were stacked in almost every corner of the community.

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