FCTA resumes clamp down on motorcycle operators, impounds 75 okada

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has resumed its zero tolerance enforcement against operation of recalcitrant commercial motorcyclists and impounded 75 okada for constituting security threats in strategic areas.

This came as the combined team of the administration recently seized 94 motorcycles popularly called okada at Kubwa in Bwari area council of the territory.

During the fresh exercise, Tuesday at Dutse-Alhaji junction, Arab junction, Jahi and Kubwa Phase 4, Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, Ikharo Attah said the enforcement followed minister’s directives to the key components of the administration to mop up the city of commercial motorcycles.

He stated that the operation which would be sustained, became imperative following the unruly activities of okada in areas where they are not supposed to operate.

Attah explained that since the commencement of the exercise, the report filtering out of Kubwa in area of security, showed that 11 per cent success had been recorded.

He said: “The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello has given a clear directive to key officials of the administration particularly the Director, Directorate of Road Traffic Services and other components to go out and mop up the commercial motorcycles from areas they are not supposed to operate.”

Head, Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) operation, Mrs Deborah said: “The exercise of the operation is to rid off the city of the menace of okada riders, and some areas that the Minister has pronounced ban on them, Kubwa and Dutse-Alhaji. It is an ongoing operation, we will keep it up.”

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