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FCTA Impounds, Crushes Over 400 Bikes

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has impounded and crushed over 400 bikes belonging to defaulting commercial motorcyclists.

The administration explained that impounding and crushing of bikes have continued because the commercial bike operators have refused to heed warnings to maintain a defined boundary.

Director of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), Abdulateef Bello, said the minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, has given a marching order to ensure that both commercial bike and tricycle operators should be taken off unapproved roads.

He noted that even though the DRTS has been working hard to sustain the partial ban on Okada riders within the Abuja City Centre since it came into effect in 2006, the operators have refused to heed the instructions.

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Also speaking, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) commissioner of police, Garba Haruna, said the exercise was a sign that the law on Okada ban was still enforced.

“FCT residents are aware that motorcycles had been banned from entering the Federal Capital City since 2006, crushing of the Okada is to show a signal that the city centre is not an area for them to operate.

“There are designated areas for them to operate, that is the suburbs of FCT, so the recalcitrant types will learn from this exercise. We don’t want to see any motorcycle in the city centre,” Haruna said.

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