Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed yesterday ordered all the beggars, street hawkers, commercial s*x workers and other miscreants to as a matter of urgency leave the nation’s capital city or face immediate arrest, detention and prosecution.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja while inaugurating a high-powered 19-member Special Enforcement Task Team on City Cleaning and Management headed by FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, Senator Mohammed warned that henceforth there would be no hiding place for offenders.
He added that several mobile courts would be in place to prosecute arrested offenders without delay stressing that he was ready with the necessary political will to wage the social battle on a permanent and sustainable basis, adding that the administration has flagged off a massive campaign to rid the nation’s capital of destitution and environmental nuisance that have been posing a serious threat to the Territory’s Masterplan.
The minister charged the standing Task Team to do its utmost to rid the Federal Capital Metropolis and the satellite towns of the menace of street hawking, destitution, commercial motorcyclists, tricycle operators, illegal car marts, commercial sex workers and others.
Responding, the Chairman of the Task Team, Mr. Mbu who noted that he shares the same dream with the FCT Minister and the President about how the FCT should look like, however pledged the readiness of his team to work very hard to accomplish the dreams of the FCT Minister and the President.
Mbu vowed, “We don’t have so much time to waste because so many things have gone astray. As far as possible we are going to start off, even if going for a symbolic operation tomorrow (Friday), we will have to do so. We have the tools to carry out this assignment with the human face and heart…We are going to enforce all the laws, so much so that even if a motorist sees even a finger of a policeman, he will stop.”
The FCT Police Commissioner said he had successfully performed similar tasks in the past in Minna during a period of fuel scarcity in 2001 and later during the era of Ogbonna Onovo as the Inspector-General of Police, just as he declined to reveal his strategy for carrying out the current task successfully maintaining that as a man of action, he believes that “action speaks louder than voice.”