By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Ministerial Enforcement Activity-team on COVID-19 Restrictions on Tuesday arrested 29 industrial bike operators, popularly known as Okada Riders, who have been travelling in a truck from Lafia in Nasarawa State to Lagos.

The truck with registration Quantity LFA 837 ZX was intercepted on Tuesday on the AYA Bridge in Asokoro District of the FCT.

In keeping with the motive force, Samaila Samiya the truck which was carrying high-quality stones used for making marbles and tiles was loaded in Taraba state and heading to Lagos, however that on attending to Lafia, he determined to select the passengers after they pleaded to pay the sum of N2,000.

One of many passengers, Musa Simon mentioned they’re industrial bike operators who had left Lagos within the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown and are returning to renew work following threats by the bike homeowners that they’d dump the bikes ought to they fail to renew work.

Addressing journalists on the Eagle Sq. the place these arrested have been arraigned earlier than a Cell Court docket, Chairman of the Taskteam workforce, Ikharo Attah lamented that, “regardless of the collection of arrests, prosecution and turning again of violators by the FCT Administration, many individuals are but to totally adjust to the Presidential directive on interstate journey ban”.

He mentioned; “Simply when one feels there may be sufficient arrest to discourage folks, many extra would proceed to maneuver and traverse state borders.

“We within the Enforcement Workforce are very saddened by the way in which human dignity is trampled upon. How can the motive force load passengers in a truck carrying stones to Lagos which is very uncomfortable for the human physique? We have now seen additionally the place individuals are transported in between luggage of beans, onions, fertilizers and even cement. In very unhappy instances, some even cover below cattle to evade arrest. Even the motive force of the truck admitted that he can not enable any member of his household to be transported in such method.”

In keeping with Attah, the truck and all its non-human contents can be impounded till the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

The lads have been arraigned earlier than Justice of the Peace Idayat Akonni who discovered them responsible and dominated that the truck be impounded. The motive force was awarded a high-quality of N3,000 whereas the courtroom dominated that each one the occupants of the truck be despatched again to their level of departure.

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