Borno embarks on demolition of illegal structures
By Matthew ELOYI
Borno State Ministry of Environment, headed by Kaka Shehu Lawal, has embarked on the demolition of illegal structures and all makeshift/container shops along major streets in Maiduguri metropolis, Jere, and Konduga Local Government Areas.
The clampdown, which is the latest in the series is to ensure sanity and curb the increasing consumption of Indian hemp/cannabis and other narcotic drugs among youths in the state.
Lawal, who doubles as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, led the Environmental Task Force/Team comprising the Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA), Civilian JTF, among others.
They cleared all makeshift shops at the Legacy Garden Housing Estates Gate situated at the heart of Bulumkutu ward of the metropolis, which harbors quite several Indian hemp dealers/consumers.
The team while storming Legacy Garden were at Old Maiduguri, Ajiri, Government House Roundabout, and a host of other black spot areas identified for similar demolition, which coincided with the monthly sanitation exercise.
Speaking to newsmen at the site marked for demolition, Legacy Garden Main Gate, the Commissioner said: “Government is fed up with increasing cases associated with consumption of Indian hemp and other narcotic substances which are mainly sold by makeshift shop owners along the streets.”
He disclosed that the demolition was a sequel to several warnings and ‘Removal Orders’ by the government which fell on many deaf ears.
Hence, the need to take decisive measures, stressing that, anyone with genuine land documents from Government is to be exempted upon tendering it to the task force for scrutiny.