JUST IN: FCTA orders squatters in Apo-Dutse to vacate within one week

The joint task force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has issued a one-week vacation notice to squatters in Apo-Dutse pantaker area of Abuja.

Coordinator of the team and Director of development Control, FCTA, Mukhtar Galadima disclosed this on Monday when he visited the area.

Galadima stated that the task force received an intelligence report on increased robbery in the area.

He noted that the place was demolished before by previous administrations and that more recently, a lot of sensitization had been carried out to get the squatters to relocate or face demolition within one week.

Explaining that the place has been allocated for residential purposes, Galadima said the team would clear it for the owners to take over their plots and develop them immediately.

He stressed that illegal squatters should respect the constituted authority or face the consequences.

“We received an intelligence report that there are some challenges here and you would recall that this place was removed before, but they came back. Now we want to clear the place once again, once and for all,” he said.

“But today we are engaging with them, discussing the mode of operation before we come back for demolition and we will likely come back next week so that we have the exercise harmoniously”.

On his part, secretary, Command and Control in the FCTA, Dr Peter Olumiji, noted that the task force has been receiving reports of criminal attacks on an estate in the area, adding that once the illegal settlement is cleared, the crime rate within the district would be reduced.

Olumiji noted that the task team had given them time to park their things and that after the expiration of the ultimatum, the team would be back to ensure enforcement.

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