Not a few residents and traders in Emene, a suburb of Enugu, the Enugu state capital, scurried to save their property as caterpillars moved in on Thursday to demolish residential houses, shops, and market built close to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The airport which was shut down late last year to effect repairs on the landing strip is due for reopening on August 30.
The Enugu state Government had about a year ago, instructed owners of buildings adjoining the airport to find alternative houses, saying that those buildings constitute menace to the safety of aircraft using the airport.
The government had also relocated the popular Orie market in the vicinity to a safe place close to Projects Development Agency (PRODA), Enugu.
But the market was still abuzz when the caterpillars arrived today.
Some of the house owners and traders who spoke to SummitNews said that both the federal and state governments should compensate them for the loses they sustained.