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FCTA sacks criminal hideouts in Wuse 3


A number of criminal hideouts and notorious slums around the Wuse Zone 3 area were removed over the weekend to check the defacing, and criminal activities, in the area.

The Senior Special Adviser to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, who led a team to clear out the area, said the team also removed demolished scavengers’, prostitutes, criminals, and drug peddlers’ hideouts.

Attah, in an interview with journalists immediately after the exercise, vowed to sustain the exercise to rid the city of all manner of environmental nuisances, saying this is not acceptable in a dream city.

“This is the heart of the city and must not be turned into a den of criminals, scavengers, and prostitutes.”

According to him, “In the heart of the city, where you have scavengers, criminals, brothels, and shanties, there are bound to be drug peddlers who sell drugs to them.”

“When you get there, you see ladies’ ID cards whose bags were stolen, even those of policemen. If we remove this place, they won’t have a place to peddle drugs again or use it as a criminal hideout. We kept coming, we kept cleaning, and eventually they would have to leave the city.

While speaking on the essence of the enforcement exercise, Attah hinted that “this is part of their collaborative effort with relevant agencies and the department in FCTA.

“We felt so bad that we could see the scavengers in their large numbers returning very quickly, the illegal shops, shanties, and brothels all returning. What we have observed that makes it more painful is that, despite FCT minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello’s commitment and conviction to keep Abuja clean, many people believe that the holiday season is when the administration will not be doing much work, so they are using it to quickly rebuild to make brisk business. If we do not work towards the end of the year, we will be using a lot of resources to work in January.

“They said that they want to use it to make quick sales during the season, but if we leave it, when January comes, they will say, ‘January is a tough month.’ They want to recover all the money they have spent during the festive season. We are telling them you can’t build this is a rail corridor. You can imagine what happens to a rail corridor if people are building provocatively. It’s very disturbing, but we are determined to keep the city clean.

“This is a rail corridor. This particular lot has not been allocated and awarded for construction. If we sustain enforcement going forward, we will not have any problems. If not, they will come back. We have cleared here before and they came back. We will keep clearing it and ensure that it is clear of all nuisances and encroachments. The park and recreation department is looking for a way to manage the greens around here before the rail line comes onboard, “he explained.