The Director of Finance of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Tony Okecheme, was swept away by a flood in August at Galadimawa Roundabout, Abuja. The incident made headline news, unlike a similar one involving a 17-year-old guard, Tuesday Bala, who died on June 2 as a result of flooding in the same neighbourhood.
Mr Bala was on duty at House 8, 1st Avenue, Efab Estate, Lokogoma District, Abuja, when a flood dragged him away from his duty post.
The owner of the 4-bedroom apartment, Mohammed Ahijo, narrated to PREMIUM TIMES the ugly experiences of the residents of the estate every time it rains heavily.
According to Mr Ahijo, flooding has led to the loss of properties worth tens of millions of Naira in the estate.
As part of efforts to address the perennial crisis, the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) pulled down a part of Mr Ahijo’s house that stood on the waterway.
Mr Ahijo’s story reflects the pains of many families living in more than 30 estates in the Lokogoma district of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory. They have suffered heavy damage from flooding. Many of their houses have either been demolished or marked for demolition by the government.
According to sources including the leadership of the landlord associations in the estates, more than 120 houses have been marked for demolition.
At Efab estate alone, 11 houses, two churches and a water factory with more than 30 employees have been demolished; while seven out of 10 marked houses in I-Pent 2 estate have also been demolished.
According to the FCDA, the affected houses were built on waterways and road corridors by developers in violation of the approved government plans.
However, some of the developers insisted they received appropriate approval from the same agency.