Insecurity: Residents beg FCT minister to clear illegal structures at Mpape

The Mpape Residents Association has appealed  to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello,  to demolish all illegal structures and shanties to security challenge in the area.

The of the association, retired Gen. John Agi, made the call when he led members of the association on a courtesy visit to the minister, in Abuja.

Agi told the minister the proliferation of illegal structures one of the factors causing traffic gridlock along the Mpape only major road corridor.

He lamented moving in and out of Mpape had become very tiring and precarious for motorists and commuters.

According to him, life has become very unbearable for the residents, following persistent criminal activities in the area.

Agi said intelligence reports had revealed the wave of crimes in the community alarmingly increasing, due to unchecked migration of many questionable characters who are indiscriminately building shanties and other illegal structures along the road shoulders.

He said many suspected criminals pretended to engage in petty trading on the road, but resorts to crimes at night, adding traders and mechanic workshops had taken over great parts of the roads.

Agi appealed to the FCT Administration to immediately carry out a comprehensive sanitation both along the road shoulders and other places in the community to get rid of the criminal elements, to guarantee safety and security of lives and properties.

The chairman, who said demolition urgently needed, called the minister to ensure the provision of basic amenities to the community.

Responding, the minister noted his administration remained consistent in ensuring Abuja Master Plan preserved.

The minister added the FCT administration working assiduously to ensure quality infrastructures across all the districts.

Bello, therefore, directed the Director, Department of Security Services, Adamu Gwary, to immediately galvanized all relevant agencies to commence clean up of Mpape Road corridors and environs.

He noted all illegal structures must be removed, adding there was no hiding place for criminal elements and law breakers within the nation’s capital. (NAN)