A routine inspection team comprising of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and the Task Team on Environment have raided hideouts of suspected beggars and scavengers in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja confiscating dangerous weapons such as knives, daggers and cutlasses.
Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olanipekun, the Director of the AEPB, revealed this at a news conference on Tuesday, as she said all those arrested during the clearing operation were handed over to police for investigation and further necessary action.
According to her, begging and scavenging activities in the Federal Capital City remained prohibited, and warned that defaulters would be prosecuted at the Sanitation Mobile Court if arrested.
“There have been cases of stolen manhole covers and scavengers have been the prime suspects of the crime, which necessitated the FCT Administration to ban their activities in the city.
“The AEPB, the Ministerial Task Team and other security agencies in the FCT will soon commence full enforcement and prosecution,” she said.
Mrs. Olanipekun called on residents of the FCT to give useful information to security agencies “to ensure that miscreants and criminal-minded persons are exposed and dislodged from the city.”
She assured that the AEPB would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the FCT environment remained clean and protected for the benefit of residents.