Police investigate hawker’s death in FCT
The FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
It would be recalled that a teenage hawker lost his life on Nov. 13 after scaling a bridge around Bolingo Hotel, Abuja, while allegedly evading arrest by officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).
Inalegwu said that some arrests had been made and investigation was ongoing.
“We are investigating that case, we have made arrest and we are trying to narrow it down to whoever is responsible for that.
“We are investigating, that is all that I can say. We are very much aware of that case,”he said.
Inalegwu said that officials of the board had been advised to be evenhanded while carrying out their duties.
“We have told them to be evenhanded and told the management to deal with any staff that is overexcited,” he said.
He also appealed to FCT residents to show understanding by obeying the law against hawking in the territory.
“But we also appeal to FCT residents to show understanding by not engaging in street hawking.
“If everybody is allowed to hawk on the street the traffic will not flow and we will begin to have traffic robbers.
“Experience has shown that this hawkers metamorphosis at night to use same locations when you stop at traffic to rob you at night.
The commissioner said that Abuja is a cosmopolitan city and the standard should not be so lowered as to encourage criminality.
The management of the board had denied being responsible for the death of the hawker.
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