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Bid to sanitize roads intensifies
• As Court convicts 80 over traffic offences

16th Dec, 2019 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

No fewer than 80 persons in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were convicted for various traffic offences ranging from bad driving, use of rickety or un-roadworthy vehicles to lack of safety equipment such as fire extinguisher and accident signs, among others.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

The authorities who spoke through the Head of Public Relations (PR), Mr. Kalu Emetu insisted that everyone must adhere to set traffic standards always. Emetu said: "There are standards that must be kept by all vehicle owners in the FCT, but those arrested who are being tried were found wanting. "We are law-abiding; that was why we decided to involve the Magistrate Court to look into the legal issues and whatever is the judgment, we will accept and implement accordingly.

"Some of them will need to pay certain fines to serve as a deterrent to others, while others will have to fix their vehicles as the case may be. "As a modern city, Abuja must be governed by law and order. So that is what we are doing now." According to Emetu, some of the impounded cars, commercial tricycles (also known as 'keke') and motorcycles that were not road-worthy would be dismembered or destroyed.

The week-long mobile court sitting was simultaneously held in three locations across the Territory, including Area 1 and Utako. Some of the offenders who were tried said they were satisfied with the decision of government to restore law and order even as others appealed for understanding from government and sought assistance to fix their vehicles or procure another means of livelihood for themselves and families.

For instance, one of the offenders, Simon Arua, said that the government action was in order and revealed that he was fined N6, 500 because his car did not have headlamps and caution sign. According to him, he was mandated to source for those items which would be fixed before release of his car. It was not so however with another offender. A taxi driver, Ejiofor Asadu, narrated his ordeal thus: "I was arrested at AYA for overloading because I carried four at the back and one in the front, and I was made to 'bail' (sic) the car with N4,500.

"On my way into town, another VIO man arrested me for having bad light and asked me to go and buy the light, which I did. I went to Apo and bought it. As I got back to where the second VIO man arrested me, they had taken my vehicle to their office. "The car has been here with them for the past one month, and this has caused life to be very difficult for me and my family."

Also, 19-year-old Francis John who spoke while fighting back tears said that his vehicle, a Peugeot 504 1976 model, was impounded because it was too old. John, who claims to be an Urban and Regional Planning student of Abia State University, Uturu, pleaded with government to return the vehicle to him. According to him, it was the only means of livelihood for him and his siblings since his father died. Nonetheless, DRTS authorities maintain that ignorance of the law is no excuse, imploring every driver to do the right thing.

News Update

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Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

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