On the orders of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) and the Nigerian Army, a demolition squad comprising heavily-armed soldiers and mobile police officers invaded Gosa 1 village, located along the Airport Road, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and demolished homes, businesses, churches, mosques, schools, farmlands, crops, shrines and important cultural relics belonging to indigenous Gbagyi farmers and low-income residents. The Thursday, April 26, 2012 demolitions – carried out without prior notice, payment of compensation or provision of alternate shelter – left thousands homeless, including children, the youth, women and the aged people who had lived on the land from time immemorial.
|Homeless children cluster in Gosa 1 village, along Airport Road, Abuja
|Properties of displaced families litter every corner in the community
|Onyeka Ani, and her brother and sister have no where else to go. They continue to live in the open, near the debris of their former home 10 days after the demolition.
|Onyeka’s sister sleeps in the open
|Like Onyeka Ani’s family, Hussain’s family: 2 wives and his aged mother also live in the open. They have no where else to go
|A demolished home
|This Primary School is the only structure left standing in the demolished portion of the community
|Homeless families seek refuge in the Primary School at night. Defecating in and around the school premises is quite common, increasing the vulnerability of the ‘refugees” to health hazards.
|Community wears a forlorn look following the demolitions
|The traditional ruler and his cabinet lament the demolitions