Breaking: FCTA task force raids ‘Okada’ hotspots in Abuja suburbs

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As part of effort to rid Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city of the menace of commercial motorcyclists otherwise known as Okada riders, the joint enforcement task force team of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took its operations to notorious hotspots in Durumi I and Durumi II within Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

Other areas raided include Lokogoma roundabout, Piwoyi Junction near Shoprite mall, Lugbe FHA, and popular Lugbe Police signboard, along Airport Road, all in AMAC, where some riders are in the habit of attacking enforcement officers.

During the raid, it was observed that the team comprising of officials drawn from FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) and Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), with watertight security cover from the Police, Military and Paramilitary operatives not only confiscated many motorcycles, but also apprehended some recalcitrant operators, for allegedly contravening traffic rules as well as constituting environmental and security threats to lives and property in the city.

Also, the raid, which aims at riding the city of increasing nuisance from the operations of commercial motorcyclists within the areas visited and other prohibited areas of the nation’s capital city, came barely one month, that one of the newly recruited male officers of the DRTS “between 25 and 30 years old” was brutally killed, when the okada operators attacked them while transversing the area, after a raid at Area 3.

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