Gunmen Attack FCT Minister’s Taskforce

The Federal Capital Territory Task Force team was attacked by unidentified gunmen on Thursday while conducting a clearance operation along the road corridor leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport.

When attempting to implement the “okada,” or ban on commercial motorcycles, the squad was attacked on Thursday, the task force seized more than 100 motorcycles during the operation.

According to reports, some of the motorcycle riders were found guilty of offences such as driving against the flow of traffic and on an expressway.

Some of the riders organised themselves and began firing at the joint task team as the task force was enforcing the ban along the Lugbe car wash area.

According to reports, the bikers reportedly used other potentially lethal weapons to attack the task force squad.

One locally produced gun, a handgun, cutlasses, and a dagger were among the items the task force was able to collect.

In response to the event, Attah Ikharo, Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, said:

“We came for removal of okada on the airport corridor. Malam Muhammad Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, issued a directive ordering the removal of okadas because they are not permitted to travel on the main road, but we frequently witness them driving aggressively against traffic on the expressway, breaking traffic laws, acting out of control, and injuring locals. For these reasons, we came to remove them on the airport road.

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