Soldiers at the weekend, allegedly destroyed farmlands at Iddo Sarki in Jiwa ward and beat up farmers who resisted the destruction of their only means of livelihood.
The farmers who are indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory said their farmlands which the Army claims to have ownership have not been made known to them as other agencies do.
According to Sarkin Jiwa, HRH Idris Musa, “The Army Garrison came to clear farmlands on the 29th of September, the community resisted them. He noted that the case was reported to him and he also reported to the State Security Service.
The military reinforced and came back again on the 30 September with nine trucks of armed personnel and began clearing the farmlands. When the community members tried to stop the destruction of their only source of living, the army began to beat the farmers and injured some of them.”
“I have not seen the representative of the Army in my palace, not to talk of discussing land issue and compensation. If they want the land, they should go to FCDA and they will come to us and takeover the land officially,” he said.
One of the victims of the brutality, Mr. Adamu Guniya, said “when the army came to bulldoze their farmlands, we asked the driver to stop and then told the military that due process should be followed as the community is not against development,” he said.
The supervisory councilor works in AMAC and resident of Iddo Sarki, Hon Jagaba Sarki, who represented the AMAC chairman; Hon Adamu Abdullahi Candido said that the land dispute between the community and the military started since 2008, when the army first destroyed farmlands.
He added that on the 29 September, this year they returned again with bulldozers to destroy farms, adding “we told them again that we are not denying them the land, but let appropriate channels be followed and the Nigeria Army should provide the necessary compensations to the owners of the land. They don’t have any other source of livelihood other than this piece of land to cultivate,” he said.
Special assistant to the FCT minister on security, Abdullahi Adamu, who represented the minister at the scene, said that the minister has asked the community to remain calm, assuring them that appropriate action, will be taken to ensure lasting peace and solution to the problem.