Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
A task force set up by the Federal Capital Territory minister has confiscated 391 tricycles, 75 motorcycles and arrested 27 suspected criminals, seven of whom are drug dealers.
The Deputy Chairman of the task force and acting Director, Directorate of Road Traffic Services, FCT, Wadata Aliu, told Northern City News that two tricycle operators were arrested and prosecuted for attacking the task force members at Garki in Abuja.
He said the two suspects were tried by a mobile court and sentenced to one month imprisonment for attacking and injuring task force members on duty.
The two convicts, he said, were serving their terms in Keffi Prisons in Nasarawa State.
Aliu said the task force worked round the clock and also seized 400 unpainted taxi cabs, adding that the vehicles were released to their owners after they complied with the regulations on taxi cab operation in the FCT.
He said, “The task force began operation on January 15, 2017, working day and night, we confiscated many rickety buses, trucks and 404 unpainted taxis. Two keke NAPEP operators were tried before a mobile court and jailed for attacking task force members with stones at Garki.
“We also confiscated 75 motorcycles for contravening the law, “ the VIO director added.
Aliu disclosed that his agency had concluded plans to regulate the operation of tricycle operators in the FCT, adding that a biometric capture of the men would be done as part of measures to sanitise the sector.
He explained that each tricycle operator would be issued a rider’s registration card in order to integrate and regulate their operations and conduct.
“The measure is also part of the revenue drive of the government because they (tricycle operators) are plying FCT roads and they need to give something back to the government,” he stated.
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