Demolition Order Issued for Scavengers Colony in FCT. In a decisive move to bolster security within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Minister of FCT, has mandated the demolition of a scavengers’ enclave situated along the critical road corridor intersecting Mabushi, Jahi, and Kado Districts.

The directive was pronounced by Wike during his visit to the area, officially designated as ‘Road N12’ in Mabushi District of the FCT, this Tuesday. He underscored that the colony, positioned behind the Minister’s Quarters in Mabushi District, posed a significant threat to the city’s security.

The enclave, previously inhabited by scavengers colloqui known as ‘Baban Bola’, encompassed artisans such as mechanics and furniture makers, as per reports.

Accompanied by a contingent of security personnel and high-ranking officials from the FCT Administration, Minister Wike vowed to intensify efforts to expunge criminal elements from the city. He affirmed that such haunts of criminal activity would not be tolerated within the FCT.

Minister Wike highlighted that the colony’s existence had been further fostered by the dense canopy of cashew trees, planted by local residents for speculative purposes. He issued a stern caution against planting such trees in areas earmarked for government development, asserting that no compensation would be provided for their removal.

Wike directed the Development Control Department and the Federal Capital Development Authority to initiate the comprehensive clearance of the area and commence preliminary work on the road’s expansion.

The Minister firmly stated, “You should not compensate them. This is a hideout of criminals, and the communities should stop planting trees in the area. When they see that the government intends to develop the road, they come and plant crops for the government to pay compensation. We are not going to do any compensation.”

He stressed that immediate action was imperative, emphasizing, “The Development Control must clear this area, chase out all these criminals. These are the kind of things you see that people commit crimes and then before you know it, they run down here for cover and people will be saying oh, FCT is not safe. It is not a question of giving them notice. There is no notice. You must chase them out now and clear the entire area.”

Minister Wike reassured FCT residents that the government would take every measure to mitigate crime levels.

Mukhtar Galadima, Coordinator of the Federal Capital Territory City Management Task Team, pledged to Minister Wike that the area would be entirely purged of structures, expelling the criminal elements. He clarified that the region was designated for a pivotal transit road network traversing various districts in the city.

Galadima, who also serves as the Director of the Department of Development Control, affirmed, “With the security challenges across the country, illegal activities of this nature will not be allowed to continue. That is why we are not giving consideration to compensation; we have to secure the place. After the clearing the area, FCDA will move in immediately, nobody will come in and settle again.”