Soldiers, Policemen Undermining FCTA’s Ban On Use Of Motorcycles – Minister

bala_pixMinister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Muhammed, on Wednesday blamed some members of the security agencies, particularly soldiers and policemen, for undermining the FCT Administration’s ban on commercial motorcycles in the territory.

According to the minister, most of them use motorcycles as their means of transportation in spite of the existing ban in the FCT.

Muhammed said this while fileding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

The minister admitted that the situation was frustrating him.

He said, “This is an area that I am really frustrated because you discover that most of the people that are violating the ban are security agencies.

“You see the police, the military; not even the young people that are coming for greener pastures, using it, and so they encourage others.

“If you go around Nyanya, even by the vicinity of this Villa, sometimes I go round for instance in Area 1, you see it with absolute impunity and arrogance.

“When you chase them away, they will come back because you discover some of the policemen are using it to go to work.

“Now motorcycles are being used but I am discussing with the new Commissioner of Police for FCT, you will see some changes because he has given me his own plan to ensure no sacred cow escape.

“Unless we do that there is no way we will enforce the ban on Okada”.

Muhammed, however, denied speculation that the ban on motorcycles by the FCTA was aimed at stopping people from earning a living.

Rather he said the decision was based on existing security challenges.

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