FCT minister wants ban on grazing, begging enforced

According to reports, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has restated that cattle grazing, begging, street hawking and commercial motorcycle remained banned in the Federal Capital City, Abuja and must be enforced by the security agents.


The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, stated this on Monday in Abuja after an emergency FCT Security Committee meeting.

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Bello stressed that the FCT Administration would continue to collaborate with the security agencies to ensure that the ban was effective while following all due processes.

He emphasised that the institutions must be strengthened to carry out their statutory duties in line with the ‘change agenda’ of the Federal Government.

He, however, commended the security community for “the high-level intelligence sharing that has so far assisted the administration to nip in the bud any security breach in the territory.”

The security committee condemned the illegal attempt by some criminal gangs that stormed the Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, Kuchiko in Bwari Area Council to rescue some of the inmates at the centre, following the arrest of 687 beggars.

It also decried the illegal use of uncompleted buildings by miscreants and criminals in the FCT, warning that owners of such properties would be held responsible for any security breach traced to their buildings.

The minister reiterated that owners of such uncompleted buildings must provide security in and around such structures and also ensure the cleanliness of the surrounding areas.

The meeting was attended by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, the FCT Police Commissioner, Commandant, Guards Brigade, Garrison Commander, heads of Navy and Air Force in the FCT, the Director of FCT DSS, the chairmen of the six Area Councils in the FCT, the Coordinator, AMMC as well as the Mandate Secretaries and the heads of para-military organs in the FCT.



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