The Joint Task Force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday crushed more than 470 motorcycles that had been seized for operating illegally in Abuja, the capital city.
These motorcycles had been apprehended by the taskforce during an operation that spanned from the Carwash Bus Stop in Lugbe, through Gosa, Bill Clinton Drive, Trademore Estate, Lugbe Junction, and Kubwa.
This action comes after a previous operation on August 31, during which over 400 motorcycles were impounded and subsequently destroyed for the same violation, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Mr. Obokutom Nyah, the Secretary of the Transportation Secretariat of FCTA, explained to the media that the decision to crush these motorcycles was in accordance with the law. He cautioned commercial motorcyclists to restrict their operations to designated areas, refrain from entering the city centre, and avoid posing security risks in the city. Nyah emphasized that specific areas are allocated for different types of vehicles, with commercial motorcycles limited to suburban areas. He emphasized that operators should respect these boundaries, as crossing them would result in legal consequences.
Additionally, Mr. Abdulateef Bello, the Director of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services, expressed concern over the excessive number of motorcycles operating within the city. He disclosed that the taskforce would expand its operations to night-time hours and currently impounds between 200 and 400 motorcycles on a weekly basis. Bello also mentioned that the taskforce was contemplating the possibility of apprehending residents who patronize motorcycles as part of their efforts to enhance enforcement.
He advised residents against using motorcycles for transportation and encouraged them to consider walking short distances when feasible, in the interest of their safety. Furthermore, Bello advised individuals considering investments in the commercial motorcycle business to reconsider, emphasizing that the FCTA would allocate resources to regulate their activities.
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