Abuja administration undecided on use of seized motorcycles

The Minister said the seizure of the motorcycles was to rid Abuja of miscreants


The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, police command is still in possession of the 200 motorcycles it seized in Abuja over the weekend.

The FCT, Abuja, police spokesperson, Doris England, told PREMIUM TIMES that the motorcycles are all packed in the police command premises. Ms. England also said the police command has yet to hand over the confiscated items to the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

“For now nothing is being done about the seized motorcycles they are all packed in the premises of FCT command,” Ms. England said.

“The exercise is still ongoing and when we are done with the seizing exercise we’ll hand over all the seized motorcycles to the FCTA (Federal Capital Territory Administration),” she added.

Mohammed Hamza, the spokesperson to the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, told PREMIUM TIMES that the Abuja administration does not have any plan yet for the seized motorcycles.

“Government has not taken decision on what to do with the seized motorcycles yet,” he said. “The problem we are facing is that we don’t seem to understand where these okadas are coming from.”

“From El-rufai’s time till now, over 5,000 okadas have been sized and they keep bringing in more, go to auto -pond along airport road you’ll find them all dumped there.”  Mr. Hamza said

The Abuja Minister, Bala Mohammed, had announced over the weekend that over 200 motorcycles were seized in an exercise that lasted for several hours in major areas of the Nigerian capital including Area 1 and Gwarimpa. The exercise, the minister said, was aimed at wiping the city of several miscreants, and other illegal operators.

During the era of Nasir El-rufai, former FCT Minister, a ban was placed on commercial motorcycles in the Abuja city centre. Their activities were limited to the satellite towns.

But commercial motorcycle operation has slowly crept back in certain areas of the city, with operators citing economic reasons for their operations.


Other Abuja matters

The Abuja Minister also gave traders and hawkers in several areas in the city till December 31 as deadline to vacate the road sides. He threatened to demolish such make-shift structures after the expiration of the deadline.

Mr. Mohammed said that the operation is in the larger interest of the generality of the people, saying that it would benefit all residents if Abuja is sanitized and rid of miscreants, criminals and other perpetrators of illegality.

The roadside traders, however, say the economic situation in Nigeria is rather dire forcing them to take to the streets to earn a leaving in order to survive. They say if government provided jobs or an alternative shed for them to sell their items, they will be off the streets.