[Photos] Abuja Tears flow as FCT Task Force destroy shops in Utako Village

Officials of the Federal Capital Territory
(FCT) Task Force destroyed shops and
goods belonging to individuals in Utako
Village on Friday, June 17, 2016.
According to one of the affected traders who
identified himself as Haliru Maigari, the
officials arrived the area in company of armed
security men.

Maigari who spoke in smattering English said
some trader escaped with their wares while
the security officials accosted others, collected
their goods and burnt them.
“They just came and started gathering our
things, pured fuel and burnt them. That is my
goods burniing. My brother borrowed me
money to start this business. I have been
paying him installmentally. Well, I live them
for God,” he said while crying.
An official who craved anonymity told
Pulse.ng » that the move was part of
activities to reduce traffic gridlock in the area,
discourage street trading and maintain the
status of Abuja as Nigeria’s capital city. He
maintained that the traders were given a two
weeks notice before the clampdown.

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“We told them them that we will come in two
weeks time. It was exactly two weeks on
Monday but we came today which is Friday.
The FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello has said
all traders should display their wares in
designated places. Abuja is the federal capital
and we have to maintain that,” he said.
Meanwhile, residents of Apo Resettlement in
Zone B area of Abuja have frowned at the
high electricity charges » introduced by the
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company

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