FCTA demolishes hub where vehicle papers are forged
Authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Abuja, nation’s capital has demolished a mini market, said to be notorious for vehicle papers and other documents forgery.
The market, located near the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), was taken down on Wednesday following reports of illicit activities as the market was said to have been infiltrated by fraudulent merchants whose stock in trade is to collaborate with some government staff to produce fake vehicle papers and number plates.
While speaking on the exercise carried out by FCT Development Control Department (DCD), the Director DRTS, Dr. Abdulatef Bello said that several intelligent reports exposed the illegal activities being perpetrated in the place.
Bello, who displayed some vehicles papers and number plates, said to have been impounded from some of the arrested suspects, noted that some criminal elements had infiltrated the place and indulging in forgery
“We have been making efforts over a period of time to see how we can bust their activities, but today fate caught up with them and the building or structure here was brought down, and we were able to uncover so many of our documents that have been pirated by the criminals.
“And then the most important thing is that it is not just about revenue loss but you know it also something that has to do with security as well because as we are trying to go into e-enforcement, some of these vehicles that are registered with fake documents would be very difficult for us to track because the camera will pick them but because they are not registered, it will be difficult for us to track, and these are the kind of vehicles they use for criminal activities in territory “.
On his part, Barrister Alexandre Owobi, who claimed to be the manager of the demolished space said there was no adequate notice before the demolition was carried out.
He denied having knowledge of the criminal activities taking place there