The Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCTA) Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) on Wednesday crushed 476 impounded motorcycles.
During the exercise, the Director Directorate of Road Traffic Services ( DRTS) Dr Abdulateef Bello, said the impounding and crushing of the Okada will be sustained, so long as the operators keep violating the ban.
Bello urged residents to help government in discouraging the lawlessness of the bike riders, stating that the restrictions are still valid, and that the administration would remain committed to zero tolerant to violation of extant rules.
The Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah who monitored the exercise said while the violators of the rules continue to thrive in their negative attitudes, the taskforce will remain firm to going after them.
Attah regretted that after the repeated warnings through different means, and crushing of over 1,000 impounded bikes some months ago, people were still taking unnecessary economic risk by bringing in droves commercial motorcycles to restricted areas.
He stated that the legal enforcement of laws cannot be dissuaded by acts of lawlessness and attacks of any kind.
“It is worrisome that despite all that we do on a daily basis, the activities of these commercial motorcyclists linked to criminals persist.
“They ought not to operate within the Capital City, but they operate in total contraventions of what the law says in a modern city like Abuja.
“I thought that having crushed so many thousands of the illegal bikes, this menace would have reduced. If not that we crush them publicly, people would have been thinking that we sell them to ourselves”.