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FCT Taskforce Raids Motor Parks Harboring Beggars & ‘One-Chance’ Syndicates

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The task team of the FCT Administration Command and Control Centre, on Wednesday, raided unapproved parking zones notorious for harboring ‘one-chance’ syndicates and beggars in the city.

The team, led by the FCTA’s Secretary of Command and Control Centre, Peter Olumuji, also confiscated no fewer than 15 vehicles at different locations in the city.

Vehicles were impounded at Bannex junction, Federal Secretariat, and its environs for various traffic violations.

Olumuji said the exercise was part of its efforts to sanitize Abuja and make it safer for peace-loving residents.

“The enforcement team is all out to ensure that we raid any location that harbors indiscriminate parking, as we have been receiving reports about one chance, and the security agencies with us have been giving us credible intelligence on this issue.

“That's why we have to go round the city and dislodge these unapproved parking zones.

“And the aspect of the nuisance beggars do, they can also be used as a platform to gather information for criminal activities and they are also public nuisance within the city center.”

Similarly, the Deputy Director of Operations, DRTS, Deborah Osho, said illegal parks constitute serious traffic obstructions in Abuja, as the operators divide and occupy major road corridors, including pedestrian ways.

This causes avoidable traffic in the city.

“We were out yesterday (Tuesday) for sensitization on the need for commercial drivers to take their vehicles to available taxi ranks within the city but today (Wednesday) they are out on the corridors of the road forming illegal parks, thereby obstructing traffic,” she said.

“This is the reason that we are clamping down on them, in order for them to go into approved taxi ranks for their operations in the city so that our roads will be free,” she added.


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