The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has launched another attack on criminals’ hideouts around the popular Mpape CrushRock tourism site, demolishing illegal structures and dislodging criminals suspected to have been terrorising and robbing both residents and tourists.
This was even as it removed all the illegal structures rebuilt by roadside traders after they were cleared a few months ago.
The senior special assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah, who led the demolition exercise, which lasted for hours, noted that the two Ministers of the FCT were working hard to commence construction of the Mpape Road projects, but residents have continued to distract attention by contravening development plans.
He added that the aggressive attack on illegalities around the tourism site was to ensure safety for tourists during this Yuletide season and the holidays.
He disclosed that many tourists had been harassed and molested by hoodlums at the site, including one of the media aides to the Deputy Senate President, Lara Wise.
According to him, even the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Mpape, CSP Adamu Faisa, who had earlier called for the dislodgement of the hoodlums, was happy that the site was finally secured.
Attah, while warning indigenous people and other residents in Mpape, who were rebuilding the earlier demolished illegal structures, noted that the administration will not relent in sustaining the operations.
“Coming back to Mpape today is to achieve two things, to clear the road which is already getting congested. They are already rebuilding the illegal structures, secondly, to dislodge the hoodlums in this tourism site, which has been a problem.
“Looking around here, you will see the activities of scavengers and hoodlums, making tourism activities here very difficult. We have cleared here before and these hoodlums left, but unfortunately, they are regrouping. The hoodlums have been snatching people’s bags and making them pay a certain amount,” Attah explained.
Mpape Crush Rock water site, a tourism attraction already identified by the FCTA, had received the attention of private sector investors.
It was learnt that in collaboration with the government, the processes of developing its full tourism potentials, had commenced but activities of hoodlums in the area have remained a major challenge.