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FCT plans crackdown on Okada, Keke riders


A tricycle operator conveying commuters to their destinations

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has commenced a massive crackdown on tricycle and commercial motorcycle operators in the metropolis with warnings issued to them to stay off the city centre or risk having their machines impounded.

The administration made the move in the wake of recent reports attributing road traffic crashes along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway in the city to the nuisance constituted by the activities of commercial motorcycle operators. This is despite repeated warnings by the FCTA that the group should stay off the major highways.

The FCTA Director of Security, Mohammed Maikasuwa, who gave this warning in Abuja yesterday said the latest clampdown on the operators has become necessary in view of the mounting accidents and other nefarious activities of the operators in the city.

According to him, tricycles will only operate in designated areas like estates and other districts while commercial motorcycles should stay completely off the roads in the FCT.

He said Abuja’s master plan did not make provision for them to ply in the city centre warning those who insist on flouting the laws will face severe sanctions.

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