…as 39 motorcycles were confiscated
On Tuesday, Okada riders attacked the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Taskforce team on Lugbe Airport Road.
The combined team of officers from the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), the Police, and other agencies successfully impounded 39 motorcycles in addition to overpowering the attackers.
Despite the Cutlass attack, Comrade Ikharo Attah, FCT Minister’s Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, stated that the team continued to carry out its Ministerial mandate of clearing the road corridors of nuisances.
According to Attah, the obstinate Okada riders have continued to violate traffic rules and regulations on the Airport road and other areas where restrictions are still in effect.
He said, Lugbe- Airport road axis, is one of the restricted places where Okada riders are not allowed to operate, but have remained adamant in disobeying the laws.
He noted that notwithstanding the resistance of the illegal Okada operators, the Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the new Director of DRTS, Dr. Abdulateef Bello have vowed to remain committed to cleaning the city and restoring enviromental sanity in all parts the territory.
His words, ” Today was very fruitful and successful, we came out again for the daily clean up with the new Director of DRTS, Dr. Abdulateef Bello showing strong conviction, with other officers also on ground carrying out our operations.
” In the morning we carried the operation of freeing traffic and removing illegal motorcycles from the road corridors, while engaging in route point to point traffic flow initiative at the Danbatta and Lugbe bridge.
” The operation was not without hitches, we have impounded 39 motorcycles, but came under severe attack by some okada riders who came with Cutlass. We didn’t know they were having Cutlass, it was when some of the officers confronted them to impound the motorcycles that were attacked.
” But by the gallantry of the Nigerian Police and other Officers, the attackers were overpowered. There is some form of resistance by the Okada Operators, but there is also a strong political Will from the FCT Minister and the New Director DRTS and all the Officers here to rid Abuja of all nuisances”, he hinted.