Covid-19: FCT arrests 29 Commercial Motorcyclists on their way to Lagos

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…..expresses worry over undignified mode of transport ion of human

The Federal Capital Territory,  FCT, Ministerial Enforcement Task-team on Covid-19 movement restrictions has arrested 29 commercial motorcycle operators, popularly called Okada Riders, who were travelling in a truck from Lafia in Nasarawa state to Lagos.

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

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According to the driver, Samaila Samiya the truck which was carrying fine stones used for making marbles and tiles was loaded in Taraba state and heading to Lagos, but that on getting to Lafia, he decided to pick the passengers after they pleaded to pay the sum of N2,000. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

One of the passengers, Musa Simon said they are commercial motorcycle operators who had left Lagos in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown and are returning to resume work following threats by the motorcycle owners that they would sell off the motorcycles should they fail to resume work.

Addressing journalists at the Eagle Square where those arrested were arraigned before a Mobile Court, Chairman of the Taskteam team, Ikharo Attah lamented that, “despite the series of arrests, prosecution and turning back of violators by the FCT Administration, many persons are yet to fully comply with the Presidential directive on interstate travel ban”.

He said; “Just when one feels there is enough arrest to deter people, many more would continue to move and traverse state borders.

“We in the Enforcement Team are very saddened by the way human dignity is trampled upon. How can the driver load passengers in a truck carrying stones to Lagos which is highly uncomfortable for the human body? We have seen also where persons are transported in between bags of beans, onions, fertilizers and even cement. In very sad cases, some even hide under cattle to evade arrest. Even the driver of the truck admitted that he cannot allow any member of his family to be transported in such manner.”

According to Attah, the truck and all its non-human contents would be impounded until the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.

The men were arraigned before Magistrate Idayat Akonni who found them guilty and ruled that the truck be impounded. The driver was awarded a fine of N3,000 while the court ruled that all the occupants of the truck be sent back to their point of departure.

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