The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has confirmed the demolition of over 400 illegal structures that constitutes security threat along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road.
The Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Mr Ikharo Attah, led the exercise on Sunday in Abuja.
Attah, who led the exercise, said the operation was necessitated by the desire of the administration to enhance security of lives and properties in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the demolition, which affected Lugbe-Across, Lugbe-Berger, Car wash and Lugbe Zone 5, lasted for eight hours with heavy security personnel to avoid breakdown of law and order.
The security team comprised men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Army, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Air Force, Abuja Environmental Protection Board as well as officials of the FCT Department of Development Control.
Attah explained that the FCT Administration had received disturbing reports that some illegal makeshift structures were being erected along the Airport Road despite several demolitions.
“Last week we were here and after clearing this place people have rebuilt some structures. And we cleared many structures again today.
“This time around we have taken more drastic measures. We also appeal to some of them who are building back after seven days of clearing to stop.
”They said they had approached the Federal Capital Development Authority for it,” he said.
On his part, the FCTA Director of Security Services, Mr Adamu Gwary, vowed that the administration would not fold its hands and watch criminals overrun the city.
Gwary said that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, was not happy with illegal structures posing security threat on the city.