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Abuja Council hands over staff to police for illegally felling trees

The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Federal Capital Territory Administration, has handed over to the police, a staff of Parks and Recreation Department for allegedly cutting down trees illegally within the capital city.

Nyesom Wike
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike

The coordinator of the council, Mr Felix Obuah, who made this known in an interview in Abuja, said that the staff, simply identified as Abubakar, was caught in the act.

He said that the incident happened on Sunday, April 28, 2024, when he was going round the city.

“We were going round to see exactly what was happening in the city when we caught Abubakar who incidentally happens to be one of our staff at Parks and Recreation Department.

“He was caught cutting down trees that beautify the city and are important for mitigating the impact of climate change, among other valuable functions,” he said.

He said that the staff had cut down many of the fully-grown trees before he was caught.

The coordinator said that a staff of the department illegally cutting down trees planted by the department years ago was unacceptable.

“We have handed him over to the police for prosecution.

“This will serve as a deterrent to all the people who would want to sabotage the efforts of the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, and President Bola Tinubu in giving Nigerians a befitting capital city.

“We will maintain the beauty of the city,” he said.

By Philip Yatai

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