Begging, Hawking, Okada, Cattle Grazing Remain Banned In Abuja- Minister




FCT Minister Mohammed Bello 2
FCT Minister Mohammed Bello

By Innocent Odoh           The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has restated that begging, street hawking; cattle grazing and commercial motorcycle (Okada) remain banned in the Federal Capital City, Abuja and must be enforced by the security agents.

A statement issued on Monday by Deputy Director/Chief Press Secretary of the Ministry noted that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello dropped this hint after an emergency FCT Security Committee meeting held in Gwarinpa I District, Abuja on Monday.

The Minister stressed that the FCT Administration would continue to collaborate with the security agencies to ensure that the ban is made effective while following all due processes.

Malam Bello emphasized that the institutions must be strengthened to carry out their statutory duties in line with the Change Agenda of the Federal Government.

He however, commended the security community in the Federal Capital Territory for the high-level intelligence sharing that has so far assisted the Administration to nip in the bud any security breath in the Territory, the statement said.

The Security Committee thus condemned the illegal attempt by some criminal gangs that stormed the Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, Kuchiko in Bwari Area Council trying to rescue some of the inmates at the centre, following the arrest of 687 beggars/destitute.

The Committee also decried the illegal use of uncompleted buildings by destitute, miscreants and criminals in the Federal Capital Territory; warning that owners of such property would be held responsible for any security breath traced to their property.

The Minister reiterated that owners of such uncompleted buildings must provide security in and around such property and also ensure the cleanliness of the surrounding areas, the statement added.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, FCT Police Commissioner, Commandant Guards Brigade, Garrison Commander, heads of Navy and Air Force in the FCT, Director of FCT DSS, Chairmen of the six Area Councils in FCT, Coordinator, AMMC as well as Mandate Secretaries, Ona of Abaji and the heads of Para-military organs in the FCT attended the emergency meeting.

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