The FCT Police Command have arrested a group of persons who have been
purportedly extorting Abuja residents especially estate owners of
levies running into millions as waste disposal charges in disguise as
agents of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Based on clause 12 & 13, Solid Waste Control/Environmental Monitoring
Regulation 2005 made pursuant to section 45 of Abuja Environmental
Protection Board (AEPB) Act 1997, gave the AEPB absolute control of
waste management services in the FCT.
Luck ran out of the group last two weeks when the FCT Police Command
got a tip-off from some Abuja residents and the Association of Waste
Management Consultants & Contractors FCT, when the group was called
for verification by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB)
which the syndicate group failed to show up.
The syndicate was later traced to a fictitious hide out office
located around at Giby’s Garden, Lokogoma, by SunCity Estate with AMAC
branded sticker all over the office.
Investigations revealed that the syndicate led by one Mr Victor had
been operating under the cover of AMAC as waste management agent
collecting money from the public without any authorization from AEPB.
In a letter signed by H.O.D, Solid Waste Management Department of
AEPB, Mr Omoruyi Omogiade, on behalf of the Director, AEPB, warned the
general public especially estate residents to beware of organized
syndicate and disregard any letter from any person, organization or
agents urging them to pay their waste service charges to them other
than the registered AEPB operators.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the FCT
Police Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, has also called on FCT residents
to beware of organized syndicates parading themselves as government
institutions extorting money from the public and are advised to report
the activities of any such group to the police command. ELANZANEWS.M