By Stanley Onyekwere
In continuation of its city sanitation enforcement exercise, officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday demolished brothels and makeshift structures within Jabi-Dakibiyu community, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Territory.
The officials, who carried out the demolition with two bulldozers, were accompanied by a joint team of over 100 security operatives, including vigilante groups that provided security cover for them.
Our correspondent, who monitored the exercise reports that most of the affected structures were shanties hitherto used for residential and commercial purposes, while some were said to be hideouts for criminal activities in the area.
Speaking with newsmen during the exercise, Director, Development Control Department of the FCTA, Muktar Galadima, said the exercise was neccessitated by the rising cases of security challenges in FCT.
Galadima noted that the exercise was in pursuant to the 13 points Next Level mandate of the FCT Administration to ensure orderliness and sanitation in the city.
He added that all the plots of land occupied by the illegal inhabitants of the Daki biyu community were designed for certain purposes.
The Director therefore assured that the department of development control would ensure that those purposes are been implemented.
He also said that the department would ensure that the FCT Health and Human Service Secretariat take some of the plots of land and built hospitals.
“And these makeshift houses and brothels that we removed, we will do everything possible to ensure that they never return to those places again.
“ Everything administration has it own philosophy and style, the current FCT Administration wants everything to be done base on due process and due diligence.
“ Like I told you this operation or exercise is neccessitated by the rising case of security challenges and in the course of our operation we discovered some jackknifes in one place call Sambisa.These jackknife can be used to lynch a person,” he said.
He also appealed to the indigenous community to assist the FCT Administration to sanitise the city and curtail the activities of the men of the under world in Abuja.
The director therefore urged allottees of the undeveloped lands in the area to develop them or risk revocation.
Similarly, Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the FCT Minister, Ahmed Rasheed, said the operation was being carried out with the cooperation of the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma based on intelligence gatherings.
Rasheed disclosed that intelligence gatherings had revealed that there were hoodlums and criminals in the village and the operation would ensure that FCT was safe for all and sundry.
He security agencies are working closely with the department of development control and Land to ensure that owners of the affected lands takes over immediately so that illegal settlement would not come back again.
The CSO, therefore, called on the indigenous community to support the FCTA and security agencies by reporting any illegal settlement to the authority.
On his part, Palace Secretary of Dakibiyu Community, Andy Sanga, described the operation as “very painful but we have to take it in good faith because we can’t fight government.
Sanga, who noted that the government was doing the right, revealed that none of the houses belonging to the indegeous settlement that was affected by the operation.
He, however, appealed to the FCT Administration to temper justice with mercy considering the harsh economic realities in the country.
One of the affected residents, who is a businessman, Ifanyi Ogbu, “We just dey there to manage our lives, we don’t have government approval.
“They told us to remove our wares, because they marked on Monday and today (Wednesday) they started removing the structures.
Chairman of Igbo Community Assembly Jabi-Dakibiyu.”