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Wike begins demolition of illegal market in Abuja



By Peters Monday, Abuja

The minister of the federal Capital Territory, Wike Nyesom has begun demolition of illegal market in Abuja.

It was gathered that Wike in conjunction with the officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Tuesday demolished an illegal market called “Kasuwan Dare,” suspected of serving as a hideout for hoodlums and drug dealers in Asokoro, Abuja.

Congress learnt the market was located at Hassan Musa Katsina Street, near Kpaduma II in Asokoro Extension, Abuja.

Addressing newsmen, shortly after the demolition, the Director of the Department of Development Control, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, said that the illegal market was becoming a threat to the residents of the area and passersby.

He emphasised that the area was turned into a haven for criminal activities despite relentless efforts by the FCT Administration to sanitise the area.

Galadima further stated that the miscreants operating in the area were affecting the aesthetic quality of the entire environment, stressing that FCTA would not allow it to continue.

“The operation will help us get rid of the hoodlums and drug dealers that have taken over the place. We had demolished the place about three times, but they rebuilt and continued their activities.

“This time around, the demolished market will remain demolished. We need to sanitise the place and enhance the aesthetic quality of the environment.

“It is also part of the current administration’s policy of sanitising the city, and this is one of the areas where we are beginning the exercise,” he noted.