FCTA Shuts Down Markets in Abuja
By Precious Nnenna Okon
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has shut down Dutse and Olajumoke markets in Abuja.
The markets were closed on Tuesday following attacks by hoodlums on the officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board.
Chairman of FCT Transport Management Team, Ikharo 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 noted that “there will be a fact finding committee that will unravel what led to the incidence.”
“The committee will also go forward to look at better ways to manage the twin markets by the roadside,’’ he says.
Officials of the AEPB had gone to carry out clean up of the affected markets and neighboring shanties.
These shanties and makeshifts usually impede the free movement of human and also cause traffic for motorists driving from Bwari into Abuja town.
Attah also confirmed that over 22 person have been arrested by the police.