The officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Tuesday demolished an illegal market called “Kasuwan Dare”, a suspected hideout for hoodlums and drug dealers in Asokoro, Abuja.
City & Crime reports that the market was located at Hassan Musa Katsina Street, near Kpaduma II in Asokoro Extension, Abuja.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, said that the illegal market was becoming a threat to the residents of the area and passersby.
Galadima added that the area was turned into a haven for criminal activities despite relentless efforts by the FCT Administration to sanitise the area.
He added that the miscreants operating in the area were affecting the aesthetic quality of the entire environment, adding that the Administration would not allow such to continue.
He said that area had to go because it constituted a security threat, adding that the area was also serving as a hideout for miscreants, drug dealers and men of the underworld.
The Secretary, FCTA Command and Control, Mr Peter Olumuji, said efforts would be put in place to ensure the safety of residents in the area.
The Village Head of Kpaduma, Mr Bitrus Yakubu, commended the FCT Administration for the exercise.
‘’The place has been here for over twenty years but today it has gone down for our own good
“We are very happy as a community that the area is cleared for good,” Bitrus said.