BeggarsChairman of the Special Task Team on Abuja Environmental Protection, retired Squadron Leader, Abdullahi Adamu Monjel has asked street hawkers and beggars to leave Abuja immediately or risk going to jail.
Adamu Monjel who spoke on Friday shortly after he led members of the Task Team on a “show of force” of its security personnel at the Jabi and Wuse Districts of Abuja, reminded beggars and street hawkers that the ultimatum given to them to leave Abuja had since expired.
He said therefore that his team is going all out against offenders to completely remove them from the streets of Abuja.
“We have already given them the benefit of the doubt and now the time has elapsed. What is left now is to enforce the relevant municipal laws. Anybody we arrest will be taken to court and prosecuted accordingly.
“If somebody refuses to comply with the rules and regulations based on what we have said, then we will arrest the person accordingly.
“As a matter of fact, we don’t want hawkers and beggars within the city centre of Abuja. They should keep away from the streets of Abuja. Anybody that wishes to come out, we are ready for the person as we will take him/her to court where he will be prosecuted and taken to jail.”
Speaking on the cleanup campaign it carried out on Friday, tagged “show of force exercise.” the Chairman said it was to tell the public that the Task Team was equal to the task and would arrest whoever fails to comply with the directives as stipulated by the Abuja environmental laws.
The Chairman said that his Team has started sensitization for operators of Keke Napep, unpainted taxis and motorcycles; adding that when their time expires, they too will be removed from Abuja streets even as the Keke Napep would be restricted to the very large estates.
“The phase two is Keke Napep; then unpainted taxis. However, we don’t want to start with unpainted Keke Napep riders now. We want to give adequate time for sensitization so that by the time we start impounding, nobody will say ‘I didn’t know’.” [myad]