10 September 2020 By Remi Johnson
Tears and pandemonium pervaded the atmosphere when the Department of Development Control enforcement team demolished some illegal structures at Jabi village, Abuja.
4 brothels, 14 beer parlours among other structures marked as illegal were demolished.
The scene was in disarray as affected persons that attempted to resist the exercise, cried out that their means of livelihood has been truncated.
As the agitation got tougher, security operatives fired gunshots in the air to scare the people who ran helter skelter for safety.
The Director Development Control, Mr Murktar Galadima who led the team explained that the illegal occupants and shop owners had taken with levity the repeated demolition warnings issued by the FCT Administration for them to vacate the area.
According to him ,the illegal structures had not only distorted the Abuja Master plan but also served as a save haven for some criminal elements to perpetrate their nefarious acts.
On his part,FCTA Director of Security, Adamu Gwary corroborated the assertion that proliferation of shanties in the community had posed security threat in the area , including issues of rape.
He however assured that the Administration would not rest on its oars until sanity is restored in the area.
Lending his voice on the issue, Chairman, FCT Task Team on City Sanitation, Mr Ikharo Attah, enjoined residents to always take government warnings seriously to avert last minute rush.
According to Attah,”If you go around the buildings some places have been marked for about 8 times and the people believe that Government is not serious …”