Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed has disclosed that a total of 11,350 traffic offenders were apprehended in 2012 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Senator Mohammed who disclosed this at the weekend also said that in the same year, his administration also impounded 1,231 commercial motorcycles (Okada) and were taken to the Abuja Auto-Pound for safe keep.
According to him, the total number of impounded motorcycles since the inception of its ban in October 1, 2006 in Abuja is 9, 143.
He wondered why ‘Okada’ riders, despite their continual arrest, still don’t want to relent in plying some of the banned areas in the Federal Capital City.
Senator Mohammed warned that hard times await them in 2013 as officials of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) have been given stern instruction and are more than ever prepared to stamp out their illegal activities in the restricted areas of the Federal Capital City, Abuja.
The Minister revealed that the FCT Administration recorded 479 automobile accidents on the roads of the Federal Capital Territory in the preceding year of 2012.
He noted that Traffic Offences Mobile Courts set up last year would further be encouraged to discharge their duties to sanitize Abuja roads and reduce traffic bottlenecks being experienced in the Federal Capital City especially at peak hours.
He warned that the year 2013 would not be business as usual because all traffic offences in the FCT would be dealt with accordingly.
Senator Mohammed however called for cooperation and understanding of the motoring public to take Abuja to the next level; describing the man-hour being wasted as a result of traffic bottlenecks as counterproductive.