The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has started the demolition of over 100 buildings constructed on waterways at Dutse Makaranta, a populated suburb in Bwari Area Council.
Mr Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, led the demolition team to the area on Wednesday.
Attah said the demolition became necessary following the failure to heed all legal warnings by residents over the valid devastating forecast of the flooding disaster in Abuja.
He said it would be very irresponsible for any government to wait for residents who were not willing to obey extant directives.
He said that the FCT Administration could no longer wait for unwilling residents to comply with early warnings to save lives after the destructive flooding that occurred in the community four days ago.
Attah, who expressed utmost disgust that occupiers and owners of the buildings on waterways in the community had deliberately refused to heed warnings, said the administration was wielding the big stick to save lives, property, and the environment.
He said that it was an act of God that the heavy flooding that swept through the area four days ago did not leave any record of death, sparing the government of any careless social media backlash.
Attah explained that the owners and occupiers of the buildings on the waterways had been warned and asked to leave the area from the onset but refused to comply, hence the forceful ejection.