Daily Trust (Abuja)

3 February 2013

Nigeria: Police, AEPB Battle Recalcitrant Traders

Street traders fond of using their wares to block Nyanya roads during the community's market day, were last Wednesday taken unawares when a squad led by the director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (APEB) stormed the area to bring about sanity as well as free flow of traffic.

Nyanya market road links the highway that connects Nasarawa State to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Also in the team was the FCT Commissioner of Public Complaints Commission, Obunike Ohaegbu, who had earlier informed AEPB's Director, Isa Shuaibu that doctors at Nyanya General Hospital complained to him of the traffic obstructions caused by the traders.

This he said makes the doctors unable meet up with emergency calls as they spend long time in traffic jam.

Before day break Wednesday, the police at Nyanya division were seen impounding traders' goods and wooden structures used to cause obstruction on the road.

The traders who were shifted off the road appeared not to be happy as some of them were heard saying loudly that they would still go back to the road to sell once police leave. AEPB's taskforce later arrived at 9:00am and impounded more goods from the traders, which brought slight commotion as some were crying and pleading to have their wares back.

Within minutes of the taskforce's arrival, the entire road was cleared and the delegation paid a visit to the hospital management, who expressed delight at the action.

AEPB's boss later proceeded to the main market in the area and monitored the removal of illegal structures in the place.

He said the taskforce's action brought about free flow of traffic on the market's road, adding that the board will do more surprise visits to dislodge street hawkers and traders off Abuja streets.

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