Gwarimpa Illegal Settlement Demolished by FCTA

Taiwo Ajayi
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Over 15,000 individuals found themselves displaced as the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took decisive action on Wednesday, tearing down illegal structures and shanties in Gwarimpa, Abuja.

Mr. Mukhtar Galadima, Director of Development Control, spearheaded the operation in Gwarinpa, highlighting how the unlawful constructions were obstructing the development of Arterial Road N16. This critical road, stretching from the Federal Secretariat through Maitama, Katampe, Jahi, and into Gwarinpa, faced hindrances due to these encroachments.

Galadima emphasized that with the completion of the demolition, the Engineering Department of FCTA would swiftly commence the road construction. He pointed out that these structures had encroached upon the road corridor illegally, necessitating their removal for progress.

“We estimate that between 10,000 to 15,000 people were residing here unlawfully,” he noted, indicating the scale of the displacement. “Engineers are poised for action as we clear the area.”

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Dr. Peter Olumuji, Secretary of the Command and Control Center at the Department of Security Service, FCTA, underscored that the affected areas were not only breaching legal boundaries but also serving as hideouts for criminals. He stressed that the demolition would significantly enhance security in Gwarinpa and its surroundings.

“These makeshift settlements have been harboring criminal elements, contributing to the insecurity in Gwarinpa and its vicinity,” Olumuji stated. “Instances of drug-related activities, rape, and apprehension of suspected armed robbers have been reported in these areas.”

Highlighting the severity of the situation, he mentioned an area known as the Abacha Estate, where law enforcement had previously seized illegal arms and ammunition.

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