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Criminals, prostitutes in Onitsha homeless as demolition of shanties commences

By Praise Necherem

Prostitutes and criminals in Onitsha have been rendered homeless and jobless following the ongoing demolition of illegal structures by the state government along the Onitsha-Enugu expressway.

The structures on both lanes of the highway of the toll gate axis, were alleged to be hideouts for prostitutes and other miscreants who engage in nefarious activities.

The Governor, Willie Obiano, had directed the Physical Planning Board, Head of Development Control, Army, Police, the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade, among others, to rid the state of all illegal structures and shanties.

According to the Security Adviser to the governor, Chief Chikodi Anara, the occupants of the illegal structures pollute and deface the areas with human waste and other materials.

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In their separate remarks, the General Manager, Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Mrs. Ngozi Atisele and the Head of Development Control, Awka Capital Authority, Mr. Victor Okpoko, explained that the shanties were removed for security reasons.

They advised those residing in shanties in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and other nooks and crannies of the state to relocate immediately as government would no longer tolerate such structures in the state.

Some of the occupants, who spoke to our correspondent, regretted that such acts occur in the place, but appealed for more time to enable them to relocate.

They promised to do the needful by putting up structures that would have approved plan, maintaining that the area was the only place they derive their livelihood.

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