Insecurity: FCTA demolishes criminal flash points
In the bid to create confidence among FCT resident amidst insecurity, some criminal hideouts have been demolished.
Given the backdrop of Boko Haram activities and banditry in neighbouring states of Niger and Nasarawa that sent fear into the FCT.
Over the weekend, a taxi park, reportedly turned to drug addicts colony and home for many other criminal elements was removed as a proactive measure to prevent criminal makes and bandits to take advantage of the location for their activities.
The Administration said the place, located at Nicon junction in Maitama District, was supposed to be an interchange by the Abuja Master plan, but temporarily made a taxi park, to mitigate the hardship of commuters.
Director, FCTA Security Services Department, Adamu Gwary, said the taxi park had not only turned to environmental nuisance, but a security threat that shouldn’t be allowed.
Gwary who led other officials in the demolition exercise, also noted that in view of the persistent insecurity across the country, the administration was prepared to deal with all potential dangers to residents.
He said, “This place has become a security threats and it breeds criminality, there are series of concerns from the residents as regarding the rate of criminality which emanates from this place.”
Also speaking, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah said FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello was worried and pained that government’s efforts towards alleviating residents transportation difficulties was scuttled by miscreants.
Attah explained that the Ministerial directive to immediately demolish the taxi park , was meant to promptly address a brewing insecurity within the highbrow Maitama District, saying the park was terribly abused.
According to him, a place magnanimously provided by government to ease residents movement, unfortunately, had turned to a hiding place for drug addicts.
He vowed that the contravention won’t be allowed to remain an environmental nuisance and also breed insecurity within the neighbourhood and the territory at large.
“This place is supposed to be an interchange, according to the plans, but temporarily turned to a taxi rank to manage transportation problem, but the place was badly abused. The place was turned to home for drug addicts and has become very dangerous for the neighbourhood here.”
“All the concerned department will ensure that the nuisance does not come back here, because this place is the heart of Maitama District.
“The Minister has ordered that we should green the place, to add to aesthetics of the city”, Attah noted.