Operatives of the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra Brigade have demolished shanties and illegal structures at the Building Materials International Market, Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
They stormed the market in large numbers on Wednesday and immediately started the demolition.
The Managing Director, of OCHA Brigade, Mr Celestine Anere, said the exercise was aimed at clearing the illegal structures believed to be dens of hoodlums and criminals in the area.
Anere said the criminal elements have been terrorizing residents and traders who come to do transactions in the market and sometimes kidnapping and maiming innocent citizens.
He said the operation was carried out by the Special Enforcement Team of the Brigade to chase away all the criminals operating within Ogidi and Ogbunike axis.
He said, “The Special Enforcement Team commenced ‘Operation clean Anambra’ on Tuesday, to get rid of all illegal structures in the markets in order to restore sanity in the state. These illegal structures have become hideouts for criminal elements, terrorizing the state.
“These criminals terrorizing the area have been maiming and committing all kinds of heinous crimes on innocent citizens and business owners plying the road.
“Several incidences of crimes like kidnapping and carjacking had taken place at that axis. They have become tipoff points for informants of organized crimes in the area.”
“The area has continued to be a nightmare for business owners who occasionally fall victim of arm robbery, kidnapping, and theft.
“The dismantling of these shanties and illegal structures will also aid the free flow of water through the canals as these structures were constructed on waterways which have obstructed the drainage system.
“Aside from the above stated, it will help reduce traffic and decongest the area for smooth vehicular movement.”