The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has crushed 639 impounded commercial motorcycles in Abuja.

Addressing journalists after crushing of the motorcycles on Thursday, the FCTA’s director, Directorate of Road Traffic Services, Abdulateef Bello, said the motorcycles were impounded for operating along restricted areas in the territory.

Bello disclosed that most of the okada operators used the motorcycles for one-chance, snatching of bags, mobile phones, drug peddling and other dangerous crimes in the Federal Capital City.

The director explained that in the past the motorcycles were causing traffic but currently it has changed to other crimes.

Bello said: “The crushing is in continuation of our usual exercise for the removal of commercial motorcycles that still operate within the city in line with the ban that has been established since 2006 by the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

“We have had this exercise in series and I’m sure by now is no more news that we will continue to impound commercial motorcycles that continue to ply in the Federal Capital City.

“Today, we have crushed 639, the idea of crushing them is to serve as deterant to those who still don’t believe that there is a ban on their activities in the Federal Capital Territory.

“We have discovered that in the initial plan these motorcycles were causing traffic gridlock but currently is beyond just the traffic, is now security threat in the lives and property of residents of the FCT.

“Most of the motorcycles are used in promoting criminal activities ranging from one-chance, snatching of bags, mobile phones and drug peddling, even much more dangerous crimes in the city”

In his remarks, the FCT commissioner of Police, Haruna Garba said the exercise was one of the strategies to flush out criminals in the city.

Garba, who was represented by Mode Magawata assistant Commissioner of Police, operations, said the locations where the motorcycles were apprehended are in the metropolitan area, which does not speak well of the seat of power.

“There is no how we can fold our hands and allow criminality to take over the Federal Capital Territory, all have been provided for us, we must enforce the ban”.




StatePress is an online newspaper with wide and extensive coverage of socio political events in the Nigerian States, African Continent and beyond.  We break the news, focus on issues without bias and maintain highest level of professionalism in discharging our social responsibility.

Post A Comment: