Abuja Market: FCTA Pulls Down Illegal Shops

In News 2020-03-12 16:45:09
Abuja Market: FCTA Pulls Down Illegal Shops
Abuja Market: FCTA Pulls Down Illegal Shops

By Precious Nnenna Okon
 
Rampaging bulldozers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) stormed the Olajumoke and Dutse markets to pull down 57 illegal shops. This is coming after the closure of the twin markets on Tuesday.
 
The clean-up exercise which started on Wednesday evening lasted till Thursday afternoon.
 
According to Nigeria Info correspondent, John Emmanuel, illegal structures and shanties which obstruct free flow of movements in the markets have been pulled down.
 
Recall that the FCTA shut down the market on Tuesday following violent protest against the clean-up exercise by owners of the targeted illegal structures. The protest led to the burning of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) office outlet opposite the market. 
 
The chairman of the FCT ministerial task team on traffic, Ikharo Attah said that the markets will still remain closed until the FCT minister, Mohammad Bello certify it fit for trading activities.
 
Earlier on Wednesday, Attah announced the closure of the market. According to him, the FCTA took the decision after the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) office outlet, which is around the vicinity of the market, was burnt down by the attackers.
 
‘’The Bwari local government chairman sent his own environmental team to clean the market,” Attah told Nigeria Info. “While the men were doing their work, some persons got so angry about it and they started attacking the officials and also the policeman on duty. They burnt down the office outlet of the AEPB.
 
“What we’ve discussed was that based on what we have seen here, this market is hereby declared fully closed and it will remain closed until the FCTA and Bwari Local Government will certify the market as good for habitation and trading.”
Attah also confirmed that over 22 person have been arrested by the police.Abuja Market: FCTA Pulls Down Illegal Shops
 
Rampaging bulldozers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) stormed the Olajumoke and Dutse markets to pull down 57 illegal shops. This is coming after the closure of the twin markets on Tuesday.
 
The clean-up exercise which started on Wednesday evening lasted till Thursday afternoon.
 
According to Nigeria Info correspondent, John Emmanuel, illegal structures and shanties which obstruct free flow of movements in the markets have been pulled down.
 
Recall that the FCTA shut down the market on Tuesday following violent protest against the clean-up exercise by owners of the targeted illegal structures. The protest led to the burning of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) office outlet opposite the market. 
 
The chairman of the FCT ministerial task team on traffic, Ikharo Attah said that the markets will still remain closed until the FCT minister, Mohammad Bello certify it fit for trading activities.
 
Earlier on Wednesday, Attah announced the closure of the market. According to him, the FCTA took the decision after the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) office outlet, which is around the vicinity of the market, was burnt down by the attackers.
 
‘’The Bwari local government chairman sent his own environmental team to clean the market,” Attah told Nigeria Info. “While the men were doing their work, some persons got so angry about it and they started attacking the officials and also the policeman on duty. They burnt down the office outlet of the AEPB.
 
“What we’ve discussed was that based on what we have seen here, this market is hereby declared fully closed and it will remain closed until the FCTA and Bwari Local Government will certify the market as good for habitation and trading.”
 
Attah also confirmed that over 22 persons have been arrested by the police.