The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday ordered the demolition of an illegal market popularly called Kasuan-Dere, a suspected hideout for hoodlums and drug dealers.

The director of the FCT Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, confirmed the development on Tuesday, August 29, and also disclosed that the market on Hassan Musa Katsina Street, near Kpaduma II in Asokoro Extension, was a dangerous spot to residents and passersby.

According to Galadima, the place had been turned into an area where criminal activities are carried out despite the relentless efforts of the administration to sanitize the location.

He said miscreants’ operation in the area was also affecting the aesthetic quality of the entire environment and must not be allowed to continue.

“We had demolished the place about three times, but the nuisances continue; this time around, we are doing it for the last time, and it must stay; we need to sanitize the place and enhance the aesthetic quality of the environment.

“It is also part of the current administration’s policy of sanitizing the city; this is one area where we are starting the exercise. The area has so much to do with security threats; information available to us revealed that there are some miscreants, drug dealers and many other men of the underworld.

“The operation will help us get rid of the hoodlums and drug dealers that have taken over the place,” Galadima said.