by Emmanuel Okubenji

The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has issued a 74-hour quit order to hawkers within and outside Wuse market or face the full weight of the law.

The order was announced by Joe Ukairo, the AEPB’s Head of Information and Outreach. According to Ukairo, this is the final warning to hawkers and roadside traders. He said the board had for the past three weeks engaged in an exercise to clear the city of street beggars and destitute people.

“Most streets of the Federal Capital City have been raided by our enforcement squad and quite a large number of beggars and destitute people have been arrested and taken to the Abuja Rehabilitation Centre in Bwari.

“The renewed drive and strategy comprising surprise and undercover operations, is already yielding positive results,” Ukairo said.

He gave an assurance that the operation would be sustained with a view to sanitising the nation’s capital city.

The AEPB, through its Enforcement Squad, has been raiding and arresting many street traders beggars within the FCT. The arrested hawkers get their items confiscated while beggars are taken to the rehabilitation centre in Bwari. The board had also decried the accumulation of refuse outside the market environment, which it attributed to hawking activities outside the popular Wuse market.