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FCTA demolishes over 20 corner shops at Utako

In a bid to clear obstructions around Tunde Idiagbon way at Utako, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has demolished over 20 illegal corner shops said to be sitting on the road shoulders.

The demolition started as early as 5am on Monday with heavy security personnel presence on ground to ensure orderliness.

The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC),Umar Shuiabu expressed dismay at the traffic and illegal activities around the Utako road corridors, calling it “unacceptable”.

He said: “Unfortunately, there was an illegal allocation not by constituted authority to build a market outside the park, which is generating all these tensions.

“We have been on this matter for a very long time, for so many years, and we have given them notice so many times. But up till now, these people didn’t comply. The last one was given and we followed all necessary processes.

“Now we have ministerial directive to clear the place and that is what we are doing in the next few days. You will have free flow of traffic; this is what we want in the city of Abuja. Whatever you want to do, you must follow the process before you build.

“This is a continuous cleanup of Abuja; this area Tunde Idiagbon stretch Utako was very notorious. You can see the road.”

Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said the Minister of FCT had given them the matching orders to remove all encumbrances.

Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima said there would be no compensation for any illegal structure Owner.

The Manager, Eddymark International Agency limited, David Walter, who is one of those affected by the demolition, complained that the operatives arrived before 6am, and he and others were not given enough time to pack their valuables.

Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor