Mo­torists ac­cuse AEPB of ha­rass­ment

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Re­joice Iliya, Hope D. Ariko & Sani Abubakar

Tip­per driv­ers and other mo­torists within Utako district have ac­cused Abuja En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Board (AEPB) of ha­rass­ment.

They ac­cused the board of clos­ing down the tip­per park op­po­site Utako vil­lage with­out pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive place.

Nasiru Ayuba who is the leader of the park told our re­porters that they have lived and op­er­ated in Utako vil­lage for 20 years and was sur­prised that they were be­ing evac­u­ated with force.

“We have to keep our en­vi­ron­ment clean be­cause the govern­ment has given the or­der but we are cit­i­zens of Nige­ria and we have no place to go and look for our daily bread if not in Abuja,’’ he said.

A res­i­dent who gave his name as Fred said: “I came look­ing for a truck driver who usu­ally works for me only to find out that they have been sur­rounded by en­vi­ron­men­tal task force who were ac­com­pa­nied by civil de­fense and po­lice­men.”

He said the govern­ment was sup­posed to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive place for them be­fore evict­ing them.

A po­lice­man said, “Most of the peo­ple we chase away at Utako and other places are those that park on the road side, they have their car park but most of them park on the high­way. We have been warn­ing them since last month, we are not stop­ping them from park­ing in their parks but they should not park on the road, they have car parks but they pre­fer to pack by the road side.”

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