A Joint Task Force team of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on City Sanitation, on Monday, arrested 19 protesters that besieged the premises of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Wuse Abuja.
The 19 arrested protesters and several others stormed the premises of the Council to protest the demolition of a mechanic village in the Kubwa area of the FCT by the officials of the AMMC’s Department of Development Control.
The Director of the department, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, told journalists after the incident that the workers in the building were going about their official assignments when the protesters besieged the premises.
Galadima said that 19 of the protesters were arrested for the violent disruption of peace in the area.
“We were having a meeting in a conference hall when we heard some noises. We decided to come and see what was happening and I saw some people with placards.
“Some of the people were talking about Kubwa mechanic village where they own shops in the village, but which were demolished by officials of the Department of Development Control.
“But what proof do they have that they have allocations inside the area,” he said.
Galadima said that the sponsors of the protest built what they called a mechanic village inside someone’s property, adding that the Development Control ordered the demolition of the village.
He added that beyond building illegally on the property, the action became necessary following a series of complaints of encroachment in the particular space by the rightful owners.
The director, who described the protest as “simply thuggery”, added that the department would recommend the prosecution of the culprits.
“This is a breach of peace, and they should be prosecuted.
“We are also going to find out who among our officers gave out the area for the development of a mechanic village. The officers involved must be dealt with accordingly,” he said.
Source: Daily Post