The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Tuesday arrested five suspected criminals selling and taking illegal drugs under the flyover in Wuse, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the criminals, when they sighted the combined team of FCT Minister’s Taskforce took to their heels but the security agencies were able to arrest five of the suspected criminals with indian hemp.
Reacting to the arrest, Mr Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, said the activities of food vendors and others pose danger to residents.
” We went round all the bridges in city centre, we were very shocked about what we saw at the bridges in the centre of the nation’s capital.
” We saw massive settlements, massive business community, eroded soil, we saw the bridge heavily smoked due to the activities of food vendors and welding work going on.
“People are living under the bridge, we arrested five persons with Indian hemp here, carpenter business, charcoal business all under the bridge.”
The minister’s aide explained that the five persons arrested would be taken for investigation, adding that the measure was part of efforts to rid Abuja of environmental nuisance.
Attah assured that the exercise would be sustained in the territory.
Mr Kaka Bello, the Head of Monitoring and Enforcement, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), lamented the huge environmental degradation ongoing under the flyovers in city.
He said public property that belonged to every resident were being destroyed by few people “and this is unacceptable”.
“We are here to stop all illegal activities under the bridges. And we have arrested some people and they will be charged to court.
” Apart from degradation, destruction of public property, we also have issues of insecurity with a lot of miscreants living under the bridge.”