Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) officials have pulled down an illegal market popularly called Kasuan-Dere, housing drug dealers and hoodlums.
Naija News reports that the Director of the FCT Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, speaking during the demolition exercise on Tuesday, said the market on Hassan Musa Katsina Street, near Kpaduma II in Asokoro Extension, was becoming a threat to the residents and passersby.
Galadima said the place had been turned into an area where criminal activities are carried out despite the relentless efforts of the administration to sanitize the place and enhance the aesthetic quality of the environment.
He reiterated the administration’s commitment to sanitize Abuja and eliminate hoodlums, drug deals and other men of the underworld.
He said, “We had demolished the place about three times but the nuisances continue, this time around we are doing it for the last time and it must stay, we need to sanitize the place and enhance the aesthetic quality of the environment.
“It is also part of the current administration’s policy of sanitizing the city, this is one area where we are starting the exercise. The area has so much to do with security threats, information available to us revealed that there are some miscreants, drug dealers, and many other men of the underworld. The operation will help us get rid of the hoodlums and drug dealers that have taken over the place.”
Also, the secretary of FCTA command and control, Peter Olumuji, said measures have been taken to ensure that the exercise is sustained because the area has been a source of concern to the residents.
He said, “After the cleaning, we will put measures in place to ensure that we have a pin-down point here, it will help people to pass here at any time without fear of attack, the exercise is going to be sustained. The combined team of the task force will be on standby to ensure that nothing affects the people.”
The village head of Kpaduma, Bitrus Yakubu, commended the FCTA for coming to rescue them from hoodlums.
He said, “The place has been here for over twenty years but today it has gone down for our good. We are very happy as a community because with the clearing of the area the residents have peace of mind.”