By Sarah NEGEDU
In continuation of its city cleanup and crackdown on criminal hideouts in the territory, the FCT Administration, last week, pulled down structures providing cover to criminals around the Kugbo furniture and Nyanya where six suspected criminals were arrested.
Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Mr Ikharo Attah, said the exercise was aimed at tackling reported cases of criminal activities within the area.
He explained that the intensive clean up would help keep the furniture traders in check especially those that have turned the car park and road shoulders into shops.
Attah stated that part of the drug market in Kugbo known as ‘Bakassi’, was not totally demolished because of the heavy downpour that hindered the machine from going inside the market.
He regretted that part of the primary school land has been taken over by the drug dealers constituting security threat to residents of the area.
The chairman said, “Considering the significance of reclaiming the area from suspected criminals and drug dealers we were not deterred by the heavy down pour, we removed the shanties, drink joints and part of the market to ensure sanity.
“We work under the heavy rain but we were able to achieve much, so we can’t be deterred in our quest to cleaning up the Federal Capital Territory.
“The exercise today, help the residents reclaim the school land from criminals. There was a serious encroachment on Kugbo school land which was turned into illegal shops and other things.”
The chairman further explained that the Nyanya pantaker (scrap) market which constituted a major security threats especially between Nyanya and Karu valley, will be completely levelled to check the criminal activities in those areas.
On his part, the Secretary of the FCTA Command and Control, Peter Olumuji, said the removal of the shanties would help to curb criminal activities on Kugbo-Nyanya axis.
On human abuses during demolition exercises, the field commander FCTA Joint Security Taskforce, CSP Idowu Azeez, called on personnel to always respect human rights during the operation.