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Protesting motorcyclists in Abuja, block road as citizen’s vent

- August 9, 2022

Some aggrieved commercial motorcycle operators in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday protested against the seizure of their motorcycles.

The task force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration had stormed the Goza area along Airport Road, Abuja, to clamp down on the riders.

The motorcyclists subsequently blocked the road in protest and caused traffic for motorists and commuters plying the road.

A bus driver, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said the unrest was caused by the motorcycle riders.

He said, “The FCT task force raided this area and seized 13 motorcycles of those operating on the expressway. They had warned them to stop using the highway, which was why the task force came. But they angrily blocked the road afterwards, which led to traffic. “

Another motorist, who identified himself only as Kingsley for fear of being attacked, said the protesters burnt tyres on the road, welding sticks and turning back motorists.

He Said, “They told us to turn back; we could not disobey. Others who did not know what was going on were also hastily making U-turn. It was a rowdy atmosphere. I was later told they were doing so to protest against the seizure of their motorcycles. “

Correspondents gathered that security operatives comprising the police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were later deployed in the area.

The spokesperson for the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, Kalu Emetu, confirmed that the traffic was a result of the protest.

He said, “We have barricaded some areas to demarcate where they should go but they crossed the barricade to enter the expressway.”

The FCT police spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, in a statement on Monday, said policemen had been deployed in the area.

She said, “Reports of civil unrest broke out around the Airport Expressway near Gosa Market in the Federal Capital Territory.

“The incident was merely an uncultured display of dissatisfaction by commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called Okada riders, 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, operatives from the Iddo divisional police headquarters were swiftly drafted to the scene where necessary measures were taken to restore peace and normalcy to the situation.”

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