The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation on Thursday demolished camps populated by miscreants and scavengers in Nyanya on the outskirts of Abuja.
Malam Kaka Bello, the Head, Monitoring and Enforcement, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, who led the taskforce, stated that the removal of the tents was sequel to numerous insecurity issues being experienced within the area.
He said that the exercise was informed by the need to maintain sanity in the FCT, especially the suburbs.
He said that the scavengers were directed to vacate the area but they refused to adhere to the directives.
Bello, who described the place as a colony of scavengers, explained that areain spite of the unending efforts of the FCT Administration through the taskforce in clearing the place, the hoodlums still mustered courage to stay.
He criticised the continued illegal activities of the scavengers in most of the suburbs, and warned them to steer clear of areas that were not allocated to them.
Bello, however, called on some of the residents liaising with scavengers to desist, saying that the situation would give the miscreants more courage.
“The exercise is about city cleaning and sanitation; this is a colony of scavengers which we have removed several times, but they still return.
“Weeks ago, we came here to tell them they needed to vacate this area, or else we will come and carry out an enforcement.
“Unfortunately while some of them complied, others refused to comply. But we won’t be discouraged by the miscreants and scavengers refusal to heed to the taskforce team’s orders,” Bello said.