By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
Chairman, Federal Capital Territory( FCT) Ministerial Task Team, Ikharo Attah and his team escaped death by the whiskers on Thursday, 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.
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.
It was observed that most of those affected were the Keke NAPEP operators, technicians and petty traders, who allegedly turned the place to makeshift workshops, shopping centre and eating joints.
Speaking with Newsmen after the exercise, the chairman FCT Task team, Ikharo Attah, who described the incident as unfortunate, said his team would not be deterred by the development to sanitise Abuja highways.
He said that FCT project was important to majority of Nigerians and could not be left in the hands of a 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. Bello maintained that the Board will sustain the effort through continued enforcement in the area.
“You Will recall that three weeks ago the task team gave the tricycles riders one week ultimatum to relocate from the place,” he recalled.