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FCTA demolishes illegal settlement in Gwarimpa



No fewer than 15,000 occupants were affected as the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Wednesday, demolished illegal buildings and shanties in Gwarimpa, Abuja,

Mr. Mukhtar Galadima, Director, Development Control, who led the operation in Gwarinpa, told newsmen that the illegal buildings obstructed the construction of Arterial Road N16.

Galadima explained that the road ran from the Federal Secretariat, through Maitama, Katampe, Jahi to Gwarinpa.

He added that the Engineering Department of the FCTA was ready to begin construction on the road as soon as the demolition exercise was completed.

“These are structures that were illegally built on the road corridor and that is why we are removing them for the Engineering Department to begin the construction of the road.

“We have between 10,000 to 15,000 people who are staying here illegally.

“As we are clearing now, engineers. are already on standby,” he said.

Dr Peter Olumuji, Secretary, Command and Control Center, Department of Security Service, FCTA, said that the affected areas also harbour criminals.

Olumuji added that demolishing the illegal settlements would improve security in Gwarinpa and its environment.

“The shanties we have here harbours a lot of criminal elements that have been terrorising Gwarinpa and its environments.

“We have reported cases of illicit drug and rape suspected armed robbers that were arrested in this area.

“There is a place even called the Abacha Estate, where the Police have recovered arms and ammunition in times past,” he said.

Philip Yatai

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