FCTA Taskforce clears illegal market, Camps in Airport Road
By Hudu Yakubu Abuja
Concerned by the suspected criminal activities at the suburbs of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital City, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation has dismantled scavengers’ camp and illegal markets at Lugbe on Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Mr Ikharo Attah who led the exercise, disclosed that the activities of babanbola with the illegal markets were constituting nuisances.
He explained that Lugbe Federal Housing Authority Estate junction phase 1&2, Lugbe by Berger yard are very sensitive areas that need to meet up with the best standards, therefore illegal acts would not be allowed to continue in the areas.
Attah explained that, the minister of FCT Malam Muhammad Musa Bello after inspecting the area with the Taskforce team at the weekend, had reminded the team on the need to insist on maintaining sanity on the Airport.
According to him, “We cleared shanties and scavengers on the Airport road some times ago but suddenly the illegal activities are gradually returning. The minister of FCT visited Lugbe area at the weekend, and directed that serious action must be taken.
“The FCT commissioner of police Sunday Babaji who plays key role in the operation, also insisted that all the illegal activities that pave way for criminal acts on the road must be checked”
Attah disclosed that many of the demolished illegal shanties were suspected criminal hideouts, where hoodlums smoke marijuana and other illicit drugs freely.
According to him:Innocent members of the public, who have been complaining bitterly about activities of these unbecoming activities around Lugbe on the Airport Road, can now sleep with their two eyes closed.
A trader, whose illegal structure was affected by the demolition, Mrs. Rukiyat Abiodun decried the frequent dislodging of their shops by the FCT officials, saying the government should consider the traders plight.
“Demolishing of our shops is not good, there should be a way of checking activities of the babanbola”
Another residents, Emmanuel Aigbokhai said the exercise will stop criminal activities caused by the scavengers and illegal markets around the area.