Residents lament as Lebanese block entrance of Abuja games village

Residents of the Games Village estate in Abuja have cried out over the blockage of their estate by Lebanese community in the state.

Jude Uze, secretary of the Games Village residents association,  said the Lebanese invaded the estate with a container, claiming to have approval to build a church inside the estate.

“Lebanese community said they have approval from the authorities to build a church inside the estate and we said no,” Uze said.

“We don’t 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 has given them the authority to start work.

“They said they have been given the order that if they were not allowed access to 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?”

Mohammed Bala, a security officer in the estate, expressed fear about the development, adding that they had informed the police.

“We don’t know what is in that container, we are afraid, they could be anything in that container. We have sent our people to police,” Bala told journalists.

Albert Alwan, leader of the Lebanese community,  confirmed that they acted following instructions by Mohammed Bello, the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), and the development control.”

Alwan who led in the blockade of the estate explained that they were denied access to the estate and had to resort to blocking the access.