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FCT Police Command Orders Clampdown On Scavengers


By Abdulkadir Mohammed

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command, has ordered a clampdown on “Baban Bola” in the territory, describing them as “rogue scavengers.”

The Police said the order followed public outcry on the fast rising menace of vandalism and theft of individual, private and public property including critical national infrastructure by miscreants who hide under the guise of metal waste scavengers.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the spokesperson of the command, DSP Josephine Adeh FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Babaji Sunday, said intelligence at the disposal of the command revealed that the activities of “these miscreants now span beyond mere scavenging to the commission of other criminal ventures like stealing, carjacking, house breaking, arms smuggling, drug peddling, amongst other crimes”.

“Consequent upon the above, the CP has directed Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Heads of Tactical Formations in the Command to work with Stakeholders within their various Areas Of Responsibility (AOR) and checkmate the activities of these prevailing criminal enterprise, arrest on sight to bring these “rogue scavengers” to book,” the statement said.

The CP equally called for extra vigilance on the part of residents, especially areas with intense activities of scavengers, to cooperate with the Police in riding the FCT of the criminal elements. He however enjoined residents not to resort to jungle justice but to arrest and report any rogue scavenger to the nearest Police Station through the following lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

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