Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has met with stakeholders at his office on Tuesday in order to resolve the lingering dispute between the Gbagyi indigenous people of Abuja and the Nigerian Army over land.
The Gbagyi people had accused the Army of trying to take their land, an accusation denied by the Nigerian Army.
“VP Osinbajo continued his intervention on the Abuja land dispute between the Gbaygi people & the military today in his office, after his encounter last week when he ran into protesters on his way to the airport. He will also be meeting later with the military authorities, ” Osinbajo’s aide Laolu Akande said on Tuesday morning.
Those present at the meeting include the senator representing the FCT in the National Assembly, Sen. Philip Aduda; the Secretary, Area Councils Services Secretariat, Sen. Isa Maina; Chairmen of Abuja Munincipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Candido; Bwari Area Council, Mr. Shekwogaza Gabaya and Abaji Area Council, Abdulrahman Ajiya; Emir of Jiwa, HRH Idris Musa; the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Yunusa Adamu and youth leaders from the affected communities
The disputed land covers over 7,000 hectares cutting across Gwagwa, Idu, Zuba and Giri communities in the Federal Capital Territory.
Last week, on his way to the Airport, the Vice president ran into a group of protesters from the community at Goza village. He came out of his car and addressed them, dousing the tension. Osinbajo thereafter assured them he would help resolve the dispute.