In spite of the heavy rain, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation fought the weather and dismantled places suspected of serving as safe havens for criminals in Kugbo furniture and Nyanya on the Abuja-Keffi expressway, arresting six individuals.
The operation , which was led by Comrade Ikharo Attah, the team’s head said it was intended at tackling suspected criminal activity in the area.
He claimed that the thorough cleaning would aid in the regulation of furniture merchants, particularly those who had converted parking lots and road shoulders into businesses.
Due to strong rains that prevented the machine from entering the region, a sector of the Kugbo drug market known as ‘Bakasi’ was not totally demolished, according to Attah.
He expressed sorrow that drug dealers had taken over part of the primary school grounds, posing a security hazard to residents.
His words , “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 Kugb school land, by turning it into illegal shops and other things”.
The chairman explained that the Nyanya pantaker market which was one of the major security threats especially between Nyanya and Karu valley.
Meanwhile, the FCTA Secretary, Command and Control, Mr. Peter Olumuji said the removal of the shanties would help to curb criminal activities on Kugbo-Nyanya axis.
Also speaking on human abuses, the field Commander FCTA Joint Security Taskforce, CSP Idowu Azeez called on the personnel to always respect human rights during the operation.