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FCTA Taskforce marks suspected criminals’ den for demolition

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation, on Tuesday, marked some areas suspected to be criminals’ dens on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road corridor for demolition.

Mr Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, who led the exercise, said the places posed a security threat to the nation’s capital.

He said that bulldozer would soon hit the Bassanjiwa and Fataan communities that were near the main gate of the local wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport.

Attah also disclosed that all the shanties and illegal structures around the BassanJiwa station of the railway close to the Airport corridor would be pulled down.

According to him, the planned demolition is in continuation of the minister’s directives to keep the city free from illegalities that usually serve as a haven for criminals.

“Marking of these structures is a prelude to the intensive work that we have planned to do in most parts of the city to keep it safer.

“We started with Karonmajiji, then BassanJiwa where people have built up to the railway line which is very bad. The structures are even touching the rail pillars, and for security reasons, we wouldn’t allow such to stand.

“In Kuje Area Council, the traffic in the heart of the town is very bad and we have to reclaim it. We can’t sit down and watch the illegalities continue,” he said.

Attah said pulling down of shanties that have taken over Kuje township road would start after consultation with the Chairman of the Area Council, traditional ruler, and other key stakeholders.

“In Kuje, we will do more of engagement in collaboration with the stakeholders on the need for the people to understand that the illegal structures must be removed,” he said.

On his part, the Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Muktar Galadima, said Kuje was not in the city centre but was one of the satellite towns in the FCT that deserved serious attention from the department.

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FCTA Vow to Purnish landlord for drilling borehole on pedestrian walkways

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Wednesday said it would prosecute a landlord and four other persons for destruction of public property within an Abuja estate.

It was gathered that, a landlord of House No. 4, Sani Zangon Daura St., off Bala Muhammad Way, Guzape District, Abuja, allegedly commissioned a company to drill a borehole on a walkway.

FCTA Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, who led the operation, frowned at level of destruction of public property by developers and landlords.

Galadima warned that the FCTA would not hesitate to use relevant laws to prosecute violators.

According to him, the residents woke up to find some people drilling borehole on their road. They drilled the borehole on the pedestrian walkway; in fact my heart is pained.

“This is a serious damage to the environment. Definitely we are going to prosecute him. That is why we are in liaison with Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and other relevant agencies to prosecute the offenders.

“This is damaging public property. This is vandalism. This is an opportunity for me to warn other developers that we will not accept this from any developer.”

Galadima said that the FCTA would resist any attempt by any developer to use pedestrian walkway to drill borehole.

On his part, AEPB’s Head, Monitoring and Enforcement, Malam Kaka Bello, said the board would corroborate with FTCA to prosecute the alleged culprit.

However, FCTA authorities apprehended Donald and three of his colleagues, including a gateman for further questioning.

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