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One dead, others injured as Soldiers’ clash with Abuja natives over land dispute

One person has been confirmed dead with four others sustaining serious injuries in a fresh clash between Soldiers and Abuja natives over land dispute in Tungan-Maje in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

One of the Community Leader, Malam Tanko Sani, confirmed the death of one of the natives, a student, Hamas Usman during the clash on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to our correspondent on Wednesday, Sani said trouble ensued when soldiers forcefully moved into the natives land and started work without their consent.

According to him, four other persons were injured and are presently receiving treatment in a hospital within the area.

He regretted that, “the soldiers had never engaged the community members for a discussion since the disagreement between them and natives started about three years ago”.

Meanwhile, the natives comprising both men and women blocked the ever busy Zuba – Gwagwalada road to press home their demand.

The situation became worse as motorists plying the route were held in gridlock for over five hours before the intervention of some stakeholders.

The Agora of Zuba, Muhammed Bello demanded that the natives should be compensated even as he urged the natives to be calm.

Attempt to speak with the military personnel on ground proved abortive as at the time of filing this report, also there was no official statement from officials of the FCTA and FCT police command.

Credit: Independent

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