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Armed Hunters Attack FCTA’s Task Force At Lugbe, Four Arrested With Local Guns

By Adedayo Said

Suspected armed hunters on Thursday attacked the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) task force for enforcing commercial motorcyclist restrictions at Sabo Lugbe, along Airport Road.

While four suspects were apprehended, two local firearms were seized, and 72 motorcycles were impounded.

The suspects were also accused of obstructing the task force’s operations with guns and arrows last week, preventing the squad from impounding motorcycles and arresting its riders for violating route restrictions.

It was reported that they were once again mobilized with gunshots, but were demobilized by a large number of combined forces from the Police, Army, and other forces.

The Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Comrade Ikharo Attah said it was worrisome that people allowed by the government to assist constitutional Security agencies in the fight against insecurity have become obstacles to law enforcement. 

He stated that while the suspects fired gunshots threatening the task force, luck ran out of them, due to the heavy presence of security operatives who overpowered them.

Attah regretted that while the team make sacrifices to actualize the dream of making Abuja a model city, people who detest the efforts the administration is making, have always attacked the good works.

According to him, “The operations to check the illegal activities of commercial motorcyclists in Abuja, wil be sustained, to ensure compliance with the route restrictions. 

”The Minister of the FCT gave us a strong directive to remove Okada from the airport roads, some parts of Area 1 and Kubwa. We in the enforcement have always clamoured for the expanded ban, but the Minister insisted that we must justify our ability to remove them. That is why we have come today. We have touched on Area 1.

”Last week when the team from Directorate of Road Traffic Services ( DRTS) came here, they were attacked by some men here who identified themselves as registered hunters. The men insisted that nobody will carry any Okada close to where they are guiding. They discharged all the Okada riders that were arrested.

”Today again, the same men quickly mobilised and fired at our team, insisting that nobody will arrest any Okada from there. Thanks to the gallantry of security personnel who were able to overpower them.

”These two guns were recovered from the hunters. We found it very worrisome because registered hunters and vigilante groups are supposed to work closely with the Police and other security agencies. For them to stop us from doing our work, is something they have to tell the Commissioner of Police. 

Meanwhile, the Head of Operations, DRTS Deborah Osho confirmed that 72 motorcycles were impounded and that order of forfeiture would be sought from the court before crushing them. 

She said: ”we have about 72 bikes impounded and the operations is still going on. We will take the bike to our Wuye Office and will approach the court for an order of forfeiture and the crushing will take place”.

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