As authorities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) intensifies attacks on suspected criminal hideouts, the Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, has said there is no going back on the planned removal of Apo-Dutse Pantaker, famed to be one of the biggest scrap markets in the country.
Insisting that the place harbours suspected criminals, the Minister said the ultimatum given to them can only be extended by one week from Friday (yesterday).
Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah, who had an interactive meeting with stakeholders of the Pantaker market on Friday, noted that the Minister has given a marching order that the market be removed.
He noted that Operators of the Pantaker market had admitted that the place was riddled with several challenges, but pleaded for enough time to enable them to remove all their property.
Attah noted that the decision to extend the ultimatum by one week was due to the Ramadan fasting. He explained that the Minister demonstrated magnanimity, but insisted that the location of the market was illegal and contravenes urban and regional planning rules.
“FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, has given a marching order to clear the place because criminals are largely hibernating there. Even the people have admitted that the criminals have stolen some electrical installations there.
“We have warned them and given them an ultimatum before, but they pleaded that their pantaker is not like the other ones, but the biggest in the country. They said that parking their things will take almost one month. We reviewed it because of Ramadan and agreed one week after the Sallah to vacate the place,” Attah added.
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