…Removes Unlawful Street markets
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) launched a new attack on hoodlums’ stronghold surrounding the popular Mpape CrushRock tourist attraction, expelling criminal elements suspected of harassing and robbing both locals and visitors.
It would be recalled that FCTA’s previously designated tourism attractions, the Mpape Crush Rock water location had piqued the interest of private sector investors.
Saying, steps to develop the area’s full tourism potential had begun in collaboration with the government, but hoodlum activity in the area remained a major worry.
Comrade Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement made this known when it was removing all of the illegal structures built by roadside sellers after they had been cleared a few months prior.
Attah who led the drill, which lasted several hours noted that the two Ministers of the FCT were working hard to commence construction of the Mpape Road projects, but residents have continued to distract attention by contravening development plans.
He added that the aggressive attack on illegalities around the tourism site, was to ensure safety for tourists during this Yuletide and the holidays.
While he disclosed that many tourists had been harassed and molested by hoodlums at the site, including one of the media aides to the Deputy Senate President, Lara Wise, he stated that the administration cannot watch while criminal elements continue their terror reign.
According to him, even the Divisional Police Officer in Mpape, CSP Adamu Faisa, who had earlier called for the dislodgement of the hoodlums, was happy that site was finally secured.
Attah, while warning indigenous people and other residents in Mpape, who were rebuilding the demolished illegal structures, noted that the administration will not relent in sustaining the operations.
Attah said, ” coming back to Mpape today is to achieve two things, to clear the road which is already getting congested. They are already rebuilding the illegal structures, secondly, to dislodge the hoodlums in this tourism site, which has been a problem.
” Looking around here, you will see the activities of scavengers and hoodlums, making tourism activities here very difficult. We have cleared here before and these hoodlums left, but unfortunately, they are regrouping. The hoodlums have been snatching peoples bags and making them pay certain amount”.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Kaka Bello, said his team would intensify it operations in the area to continue to keep the hoodlums away from the area.
Bello also noted that since those who are rebuilding the illegal structures, are not relenting in breaking the laws, his team will also not give up in applying the laws.