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FCTA Demolishes More than 400 Illegal Structures Over Security Threat

Over the weekend, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) dismantled over 400 illegal structures as part of its efforts to rid the nation’s capital of criminal gangs.

Criminals and settlers alike use some of the illegal structures as safe havens.

The majority of the structures were in Lugbe-across, near Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Adamu Gwary, the FCTA’s Director of Security Services, spoke on behalf of the administration, warning that the administration will not stand by and watch criminals take over the city.

He hinted that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, is not pleased with unlawful structures that pose a security threat to the city.

He also assured that with the minister’s political will the removal of illegal structures will be sustained.

According to him; “The minister of FCT is not happy with the development along the Airport road and as such he ordered the removal of all activities that will deface the vicinity and also create security threat to the nation’s capital. You can see that there are so many nuisances which come along with its own security implications. Recently the minister presented a paper on items vandalized.

“Ones there is the political will which the minister has given the go ahead we will sustain it. We have the support of the security agencies and all the departments in FCT are at work. You can see that we came out in the rain, once there is that go-ahead, there is no going back, we will sustain it.

“If we identify where there are nuisance, we will pencil it down for operation. It is not only the Airport road but the Airport road has you know is the eye of the city so, we cannot afford to joke with it”.

Similarly , the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said the operation was occasioned by national security.

Attah stated that the Administration had received disturbing reports that some illegal makeshift structures were being erected along the Airport road despite several demolitions.

According to him : “We enjoy strong political will from the minister. Very sadly, just last week we were here and after clearing this place people have rebuilt some structures. And we have cleared many structures again and this time around we have taken more drastic measures. We also appeal to people, some of them who are building back after seven days of clearing, are saying they have approached the FCDA. We do not collect bribes. We do not compromise land use standards. Don’t give bribes and we will not take.

“Anywhere the minister asks us to clear, that we will do. We cannot keep a city anyhow. People want to leave illegally”.

Meanwhile , the Chief Security Officer to the FCT Minister, Ahmed Rashid disclosed that the administration has also identified strategies that the scavengers, criminals and the illegal settlers are adopting and where they are hibernating: “and we are dislodging them.

“As you can see the security challenges are increasing and we cannot wait until the criminals enter the main city before we deal with them.

“We are clearing all the illegal motor parks to reduce the number of one-chance. We also notice that they will strike in the city and go back to their safe haven. By the time we clear all their safe haven there will be no hiding place for them”.

The demolition exercise despite the heavy rain started at Lugbe-Across, Lugbe-Berger, Car wash and Lugbe Zone 5 and lasted for eight hours with heavy security personnel to avoid breakdown of law and order.

The security team comprised men of the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Air Force Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abuja Environmental Protection Board as well as officials of the department of Development Control of the FCTA.

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