Illegal Parks: FCTA Impounds 20 Vehicles

By: Wisdom Acka

Nineteen cars and one motorcycle have been impounded by authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). 

Head of Operations in the Directotate of Road Traffic Services, FCT VIO, Deborah Osho, who made this known on Monday during the exercise in Wise II, Abuja said that the illegal commercial activities was responsible for the traffic congestion on the the road.

Her words: “What you are seeing now is clearing the road corridor on the popular Banex road, Wuse II, that was taken over by illegal commercial taxis. The illegal commercial taxis took over over 50% of the road corridor picking and dropping  passenger, meanwhile there is an approved park where they can pick and drop their passengers but they don’t use it, most of them prefer to use the road corridor therefore blocking the free flow of traffic on banex road.”

“This exercise  is a continuous one. Once we enforce, we clear and then we pin down. And the pin down  is continuous,” she added. 

“This will curb the challenges of one chance in this area,  will also address the issue of illegal commercial taxis,  this will also clean the city and make Abuja safe especially during this yultide period”, she stressed.

On the impounded vehicles, she said “About 19 vehicles have been arrested this morning along Banex road and one commercial motor cycle. And this is a continuous exercise until the city is rid of illegal parks. “

She further explained that the exercise would curb the challenges of one chance, illegal motor parks, traffic congestion and getting rid of criminal elements, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, early on Monday morning, arrested 19 commercial vehicles and 1 commercial motorcycle at Banex road corridor.

Secretary, Command and Control, Dr. Peter Olumiji, while corroboating her, affirmed that the exercise would get rid of one chance manace in Abuja.

 “This joint exercise that we commenced today has two faces, number 1 to clear illegal park of criminal elements that runs these one chance taxis, and to also clear the parks of sales and trafficking of illegal drugs, they use the opportunity of illegal  parks to transact their businesses. One chance is done at illegal parks and they use unpainted vehicles”, he said. 

The FCT Ministerial taskforce comprises of Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Immigration Service and Directorate of Road Traffic Services.