Chairman, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, special Task Team on Abuja Environmental Protection, Abdullahi Adamu Monjel (rtd.) has said that street hawkers and beggars apprehended in the FCT stand the risk of spending time behind bars if found guilty by the court.
Monjel made this disclosure over the weekend shortly after he led members of the Task Team on a “show of force” of its security personnel at the Jabi and Wuse Districts of Abuja.
The Chairman, who reiterated that the time for sensitization for the beggars and street hawkers to leave the Federal Capital City had elapsed, noted that his team was going all out against offenders to
completely remove them from the streets of Abuja. According to him, “We have already given them the benefit of the doubt and now the time has elapsed. What is left now is to enforce the
relevant municipal laws. Anybody we arrest will be taken to court and prosecuted accordingly”.
His words: “If somebody refuses to comply with the rules and regulations based on what we have said, then we will arrest the person accordingly”.
Monjel stated, “As a matter of fact, we don’t want hawkers and beggars within the city centre of Abuja. They should keep away from the streets of Abuja. Anybody that wishes to come out, we are ready for the person as we will take him/her to court where he will be prosecuted and taken to jail.”
Speaking on the cleanup campaign it carried out over the weekend tagged “show of force exercise”, the Chairman said it was essentially to tell the public that the Task Team was equal to the task and would arrest whoever fails to comply with the directives as stipulated by the Abuja environmental laws.
The Chairman also disclosed that the Team has started sensitization for operators of Keke Napep, unpainted taxis and motorcycles; adding that when their time expires, they too will be removed from Abuja streets and for the Keke Napep would be restricted to the very large estates.
According to him, “the phase two is Keke Napep; then unpainted taxis. However, we don’t want to start with unpainted taxis Keke Napep ridersnow. We want to give adequate time for sensitization so that by the time we start impounding, nobody will say ‘I didn’t know’.”