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News - North Central - FCT Updated: February 29, 2024

FCTA demolishes shanties, unauthorised BDC operators in Wuse

By Philip Adeboye
February 29, 2024
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The Federal Capital Territory Administration's (FCTA) city management team has conducted a demolition exercise targeting illegal shanties and structures belonging to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

Mukhtar Galadima, the director of the Department of Development Control, FCTA, who led the team on Wednesday, clarified that BDC operators are required to operate only in designated and licensed areas. 

He emphasized that the targeted area had become a hotspot for various illegal activities, posing a security risk to residents in the vicinity.

“Our concern is to ensure the safety and security of residents in the area and has nothing to do with the alleged clampdown on BDC operators.

“Our cleanup exercise here is based on a directive to maintain sanity and a serene environment befitting a capital city.

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“This area is in a sorry state in terms of aesthetics. It serves as a hideout for criminals and miscreants. That is why we came to clear everything.”

Peter Olumuji, secretary command and control centre, FCTA State Security Service, said that demolishing the place would improve security in the area.

“The location is among areas that constitute huge security threats to residents transversing Abuja Continental Hotel and National Mosque, among other public and social facilities.

“You can see shanties, which are not supposed to be in the city centre, harbouring criminal elements. They operate by dispossessing residents of their valuables and running there to hide.

“We have recovered some of the weapons they use in attacking residents and motorists around the area. We also recorded drug-related incidences here,” he said.

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On her part, deputy director of operations, Directorate of Road Traffic Services, Deborah Osho, said that motorists and BDC operators are causing gridlock in the area.

“This is not a car park. They should not use this area as a car park. We will continue to raid this place and ensure constant monitoring to ensure the safety of residents,” she said.

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