Taskforce/okada clash: FCT Police wade in, restore calm along airport road




Abuja City gate

The FCT Police Command has said that it’s officers and men restored normalcy at Airport Road Abuja following a clash between commercial motorcycle riders popularly called okada and FCT taskforce.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, DSP Josephine Adeh, in a press statement, Monday in Abuja, said: “Today, August 8, 2022, at about 11:30 am, reports of civil unrest broke out around the Airport express road near Gosa market in the FCT.

“The incident which soon attracted many false narratives was merely an uncultured display of dissatisfaction by commercial motorcycle riders popularly called okada who took to the streets burning tires and other substances following the activities of the Task Force who had earlier confiscated some motorcycles for certain violations.

“Upon the receipt of the information, police operatives from Iddo Divisional Police Headquarters were swiftly drafted to the scene where necessary measures were taken to restore peace and normalcy to the situation.

“Consequent upon the above, Members of the public are urged to eschew the generation and promulgation of fake news or contrary narratives and to go about the discharge of their lawful businesses without the fear of harassment or molestation of any kind or from any quarters.” 

According to her, “… Monitoring and surveillance continue on the scene while an effort is ongoing to arrest miscreants responsible for the disturbance of public peace.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Babaji Sunday, while reassuring the residents of the command’s unflinching commitment to bringing crime and criminality to the barest minimum, noted that the burning of combustible material on tarred road amounts to vandalising government properties and the full wrath of the law will be meted out on erring person(s).”

Meanwhile, the PRO enjoined residents to continue to partner with the police as touching the prompt, concise and accurate rendition of information through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.

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