The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has confiscated and crushed over 200 motorcycles belonging to defaulting riders in Durumi, FHA Lugbe and Piwoyi Communities in Abuja.
The Joint Enforcement Task team also raided and nabbed some recalcitrant operators at Lokogoma roundabout, for allegedly constituting environmental and security threats to lives and property in the nation’s capital.
Declaring war against “adamant motorcycle riders” at Durumi II, the Secretary, FCT Transportation Secretariat, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, said lawlessness would not be tolerated by Government.
“This is a developing city that is guided by planned policies of government, which we must not allow any lawless person to set backward”, Mr Candido Warned.
Senior Special Assistant to FCT minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, pointed out that the issue of Okada was more of a security threat than commercial or transportation problem in the Territory.
Comrade Attah hinted that one of the newly recruited male officers of the Directorate of Road Transport Service (DRTS)was brutally killed by okada operators who had attacked the officers after a raid at Area 3.
“Just three weeks ago around the same area, one of the personnel from DRTS was stabbed and killed by the Okada riders… one of us was badly injured in the neck, but thank God he is stable while recuperating”, Comrade Attah Said.
Director, Directorate of Road Traffic Services (popularly known as VIO), Abdullateef Bello disclosed that the service confiscated and crushed about 200 motorcycles to serve as a deterrence to others, especially the recalcitrant operators.
He added that the exercise was in line with policy that prohibited their operation within the nation’s capital city since 2006.
Reporting by Remi Johnson; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor