Hausa Residents In Tears As Rivers Govt Demolishes Shanties

Uncertainty has engulfed members of the Hausa community at Trailer Park in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State over the alleged, “demolition” of their homes by the State Government.

Recently, in a bid to checkmate insecurity, the State Government embarked on the demolition of shanties along the Eleme axis of the East-West, which the state Governor has repeatedly said to have been providing safe haven for criminal elements.

But the Chief of Hausa community in Eleme, Al-Shittu Dahiru decried the demolition, saying that the exercise has successfully rendered over Fifteen Thousand members of the community homeless.

According to him, “We were just here when we saw a Caterpillar from Eleme Local Government Chairman who said he was sent by the Governor to demolish our houses here. More than fifteen thousand people including women and children have been displaced. For 37 years, I have not seen a Hausa man that police have accosted for any crime. We don’t know where this is coming from.

“We are appealing with his excellency to assist us.”

Other affected residents also appealed to the governor to rescue them from suffering by paying a visit to the area.

One of them said, ”we are pleading with the State and the Federal Government to come to our rescue. We have different tribes here. I’m from Edo State and we have a lot of Hausa people here who are living with their families and they have rendered us homeless. No place to sleep, so we are pleading with the State Government. Let justice be served.”

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