The FCT Ministerial Task Team on traffic control in Abuja Thursday, escaped death by the whiskers when an angry mob attacked them, during the removal of illegal tricycle otherwise known as Keke NAPEP park and mechanic workshop at the Nyanya bridge interchange.
Nyanya is a suburb under Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) inside the nation’s capital.
The exercise, which was to rid the highway of distortions and environmental nuisances turned violent, when some of the affected people and sympathisers began throwing stones at the Team including journalists covering the exercise, resulting in the destruction of the official vehicle of the Chairman of the Team.
Blueprint gathered that most of those affected were the Keke NAPEP operators and technicians and petty traders, who allegedly turned the place to makeshift workshops, shopping centre and restaurants.
Speaking with journalists after the exercise, the chairman FCT Task team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, who described the incident as unfortunate, said his team cannot be deterred by the development as sanitising Abuja was a must task to achieve.
He said FCT project was a project that must be owned and keyed into by everyone, “because FCT is very important to majority of Nigerians than to leave it in the hands of few to go down.”
Similarly, Head of operations, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Kaka Bello, assured that the cleared site would be handed over to Parks and Recreation Development of the FCT Administration, for maintenance.
He said: “You will recall that three weeks ago the task team gave the tricycles riders one week ultimatum to relocate from the place.”