Shanties and illegal structures at the Building Materials International Market, Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have been demolished.
They properties were demolished on Wednesday by men of the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra.
Speaking after the exercise, the Managing Director, OCHA Brigade, Mr Celestine Anere, disclosed that the structures are believed to be dens of hoodlums and criminals in the state.
According to the MD, traders have complained about the nefarious activities of the criminal elements in the market, who sometimes kidnap and maim innocent citizens.
He said, “The Special Enforcement Team commenced ‘Operation clean Anambra’ on Tuesday, to get rid of all illegal structures in the markets in order to restore sanity in the state. These illegal structures have become hideouts for criminal elements, terrorising the state.
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“These criminals terrorising the area have been maiming and committing all kinds of heinous crimes on innocent citizens and business owners plying the road.
“The several incidences of crimes like kidnapping and carjacking had taken place at those axis. They have become tipoff points for informants of organised crimes in the area.”
“The area has continued to be a nightmare for business owners who occasionally fall victim of arm robbery, kidnapping, and theft.
“The dismantling of these shanties and illegal structures will also aid the free flow of water through the canals as these structures were constructed on waterways which have obstructed the drainage system.
“Aside from the above stated, it will help reduce traffic and decongest the area for smooth vehicular movement.”
He added that the operatives will continue to ensure that the state is safe and conducive for the state government’s agenda on green, clean, healthy, livable, and prosperous homeland, adding that for all complaints, inquiries, and submissions, the people should call any of its customer service lines such as 07069680112, 08122554530, 08069695398, 08120356133.