Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic control, Comrade Ikharo Attah and his team narrowly escaped being lynched by angry tri- cycle Operators at the Nyanya Interchange on Thursday.
The Team was attacked during the removal of illegal tricycle otherwise known as Keke NAPEP park and mechanic workshop at the Nyanya bridge interchange.
The exercise, which was to rid the highway of distortions and environmental nuisances turned violent, when some of the affected people and sympathisers began throwing stones at the Team including journalists covering the exercise, resulting in the destruction of the official vehicle of the Chairman.
It was observed that most those affected were the Keke NAPEP operators and technicians and petty traders, who allegedly turned the place to makeshift workshops, shopping centres and restaurants.
Speaking with journalists after the exercise, the chairman FCT Task team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, who described the incident as unfortunate, said his team cannot be deterred by the development as sanitising Abuja is task that must be achieved to bring back the glory of the Nations Capital.
Comrade Attah reiterated that the FCT project is a project that must be owned and keyed into by everyone, because FCT is very important to majority of Nigerians.
Similarly, Head of operations, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Kaka Bello, assured that the cleared site would be handed over to Parks and Recreation Development of the FCT Administration, for maintenance.
In his words, “You Will recall that three weeks ago the task team gave the tricycles riders a one-week ultimatum to relocate from the place and they thought we were playing today is the action day”