FG, FCTA Raids Roadside POS Points, Arrests 47
The disclosure was made in a statement released on Sunday by Mr. Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement.
Speaking to the 47 operators who had been detained by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Attah stated that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, was worried about the security concerns surrounding POS business but had no plans to stop it.
He claimed that because the operators had broken the law regarding the environment, they might go before a mobile court.
He stated that although operating outside of commercial zones and indiscriminately in residential areas was against the law, the POS business was not illegal.
“Reports on the arrested operators will go to the minister to determine whether they complied with the rules of the city which would not give criminals the shield to disguise themselves as POS operators,” he said.
Malam Kaka Bello, the assistant director of enforcement at the AEPB, outlined the city’s environmental laws that forbade business operations in residential areas and on public streets.
He explained that those who worked in commercial settings wouldn’t have any issues with the team, but those who broke the rules would have to face the consequences.
The administration had previously claimed that there had been intelligence reports and complaints from locals about strange people wandering around in some neighborhoods while posing as POS operators.
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