AEPB de­stroys ‘il­le­gal’ struc­tures in Utako

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The Abuja En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Board (AEPB), Mon­day, de­stroyed what its of­fi­cials de­scribed as il­le­gal struc­tures in some parts of Utako.

A task force team con­sist­ing of heav­ily armed se­cu­rity per­son­nel pulled down shanty houses and makeshift shops and burnt same at a squat­ter set­tle­ment be­hind LEA Pri­mary School, Utako.

The board’s pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Sa­muel Musa, said that the set­tlers did not heed the warn­ing given them by the board to leave the lo­ca­tion be­cause they con­sti­tuted en­vi­ron­men­tal nui­sance.

He said that the board had ar­rested some sus­pects for in­dis­crim­i­nate felling of trees in the Asokoro Dis­trict.

Musa said that the sus­pects would be ar­raigned be­fore a mo­bile court. He said that felling of trees in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), with­out per­mis­sion and su­per­vi­sion of en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cers, was an of­fence pun­ish­able by law.

“If you must cut a tree, then, you have to ap­ply to the FCT Au­thor­ity for of­fi­cial per­mis­sion and ap­proval,” he said.

He urged res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with the board.

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