Some Lebanese Nationals have blocked the entrance gate leading to a popular Games Village Estate in Abuja, over a land dispute.
The crisis is said to have started after the Lebanese community attempted to build a church in the estate without approval from the residential authorities.
The Secretary of the Games Village Residents Association, Jude Uze said:
“Lebanese community said they have approval from the authorities to build a church inside the estate and we said no.
“We dont have Lebanese community in the estate, who are those that will be attending the church, we don’t know. This morning they just came in and they brought in a container claiming that development control have given them the authority to start work.
“They said they have been given the order that if they were not allowed access into the estate that they should block the access road to estate. That’s the container you are seeing, blocking the estate.
“The fact that we can’t access our estate is a big affront. Can we do this in Lebanon? Can a Nigerian do this in Lebanon?”
A security officer in the estate, Mohammed Bala informed journalists that the development has created tension among the estate residents.
“We don’t know what is in that container, we are afraid, they could be anything in that container. We have send our people to Police,” he said
Albert Alwan, leader of the Lebanese community, said that they acted “following instructions by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello and the development control.”
Alwan who led the blockade of the estate explained that they were denied access to the estate and had to resort to blocking the estate gate.
- Bola Kougbe