The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Task Force on City sanitation, on Wednesday, demolished shanties at notorious Gudu hard drugs Base, arresting three persons suspected to be the leaders of the drugs syndicate.
They were arrested with various deadly substances, including several packs of India hemp, one knife, bottles of codeine and tablets of other contraband drugs amongst others.
Confirming the development, the Chairman of the Task Force, Ikharo Attah said that there was no going back on the aggressive cleaning exercise ongoing in Abuja, especially places that pose a threat to security and safety of residents.
While warning that all the hideouts where criminal elements hide within the Apo road corridors and other places will be removed, the minister also called on residents to stop constructing shanties indiscriminately without the approval of relevant authorities.
“FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has vowed to spare no effort in restoring total sanitation to the nation’s capital, hence the resolve of the team to sustain the cleanup.” He stated.
He added that a surveillance team had been commissioned to monitor all the places where illegal occupants were dislodged to ensure that all those constituting nuisances do not return.
According to him: “we resumed the operation today and were shocked to find out that at places we cleared completely on Monday, those removed had started to return by Wednesday. What one observed is that these people believe its business as usual. Our returned today is sending a strong message to them that the FCT minister is determined to match words with action.
“The removal of shanties is of immense benefit to the city. These areas have become very safe hideouts for criminal elements and notorious drugs dealers.” He stated.
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