BY UKPONO UKPONG
No fewer than 47 Point of Sale (PoS) agents operating on the streets, especially in unapproved places within the Federal City Centre, have been arrested by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
This comes less than a week since the administration warned against indiscriminate activities of POS operators, especially on the streets and non-commercial areas.
The administration had said that there were intelligence reports and complaints from residents that strange people were roaming about some neighbourhoods, pretending to be POS operators.
Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah who addressed the violators at the premises of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) Area 3, said the Minister has no plan to stop POS business, but concerned about security issues surrounding it.
Attah stated that the arrested violators may face a Mobile Court as they have violated some environmental laws, for operating their businesses in an unapproved places.
He explained to them that POS business was not illegal, but operating outside commercial zones and indiscriminately on the streets was an offence.
According to him, ” reports on the arrested violators would go to the Minister, to determine and see if the operators comply with the rules of the city which would not give criminals the Shield to disguise as POS operators “.
Also Speaking, the Assistant Director, Enforcement at AEPB, Kaka Bello noted that environmental laws forbid business activities at residential areas and on the streets.
Bello noted that AEPB Enforcement team was prepared to give effect to the restrictions on the POS operations.
He further explained that those who operate at commercial places will have no issue with the team, but violators of the restrictions will be made to face the wrath of the law.
One of the arrested violators, Solomon Wari and a civil servant said he was arrested while he was in the front of his business centre within a residential area in Wuse zone 6.
While he vowed to desist from operating on the streets, he noted that he was into the business to support his family.