By Stanley Onyekwere
For the umpteenth time, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial TaskForce on City Sanitation yesterday raided and demolished structures inside a notorious illicit drug colony and cattle market on the corridor of the ever busy Apo /AYA road, within Abuja city centre.
The exercise, which was carried out as the criminal elements have re-regrouped, threatening to rebuild the colony, barely a week after the Ministrial Taskforce had discovered, raided and demolished the notorious drug colony in the nation’s capital.
It was observed that more shocking discoveries were made when the Task Force while on a routine surveillance and cleaning exercise, as several packages of illicit hard drugs, substances and some weapons, like knives, axe and clubs were found in the place.
During the raid, several members of the drug cartel fled the area, leaving their wares, while two suspected members were arrested and handed over to operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who were also in the team.
Speaking after the exercise, Cairman of the Task Force, Ikharo Attah noted that constant raiding of the areas have become imperative, as total sanitation and safety of the city can’t be achieved with desperate criminal elements left around the fringes of the city’s major road corridors.
According to him, “ It is not late to turn when you discovered you were travelling on the wrong road, the FCT Minister Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello gave us a directive to clear alignment from the Oladipo Diya Junction to the popular Apo Roundabouts .
“after we finished clearing the illegal motor park, we discovered that there is a very notorious drug market going on along that road corridor, and a little bit further up the hill.
“We were here last week when we got so many of the hard drugs and arrested the dealers while some persons escaped, but today we have gone back there. Sadly, those we have cleared came back to rebuild their tents. We have cleared the rebuilt structures and recovered the drugs left by those who fled.
“We recovered so many wraps of Indian hem and many bottles of codeine and several hard drugs. We also arrested two persons found at the scene. We have also discovered an illegal abattoir and recovered two rams.”