12 January 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has pulled down five local wrestling and drama theatres popularly called “Gidan Drama” and “Gidan Dembe”.
The demolition exercise took place at Dakibiyu, Gwarimpa 1 and Central District Area of the FCT
Addressing journalists, Head, Media Publicity , Enlightenment and Advocacy of the FCT Ministerial Enforcement Taskforce, Comrade Ikharo Attah said the removal of the structures became necessary following repeated warnings issued to the owners .
According to him, thousands of persons gather in these local entertainment centres to watch artistes and wrestlers perform without observing COVID 19 safety protocols.
Comrade Attah also said his team arrested and arraigned 25 persons, comprising motorists and commuters for overloading and violation of the health protocols.
“most of the commercial drivers arrested carried too many passengers and overloaded their vehicles in contravention of the COVID-19 Transportation Guidelines”.
He also said that one of the drivers who identified himself as Garba was sentenced to one week imprisonment for assaulting a police personnel attached to the taskforce and ramming his car into a police van while trying to escape arrest.