Akwa Ibom government bans scrap scavengers

Akwa Ibom State Government has announced a ban on scrap scavengers, as the state government says it had to take an action in order to “curb criminality and threats to the peaceful inter-ethnic relationship” in the state.

This comes days after a young man was beaten to death by two Hausa scrap collector who were also beaten to death in Afaha Oku, Ikpa community, in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Following the incident, Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Ekuwem on Tuesday January 4 announced the ban.

He said;

“Sometime in 2021, multiple explosions, causing fatalities, were recorded in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in the course of scavengers sorting out what turned out to be military brand explosives.

“About four lives were lost in this incident.

“Sundays appear to be the busiest day for these scavengers who take advantage of mass church attendance to invade homes and cart away valuables leaving hapless citizens with tales of woe upon their return from Church.

“As a responsible Government, we can no longer tolerate the activities of this industry which evidently is in no way adding value to the socio- economic well being of the state but rather escalating tensions and threatening the overall peace and security of the state.

“Accordingly, the operations of scrap scavengers in the state is banned forthwith. Violators of this ban will be apprehended and dealt with according to the law.”

The state government also reiterated its earlier ban on the use of motorcycles within the Uyo metropolis and its environs.

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