The Federal Capital Territory Administration has said it is considering arresting and prosecuting passengers of commercial motorcycles, to discourage the activities of operators in the FCT.
This is as the administration said it is deepening its operation in riding the city of the menace of commercial motorcycle riders.
A joint taskforce, on Thursday, crushed over 478 motorcycles that were impounded for operating along restricted areas in the Federal Capital City and other satellite towns feeding the city centre.
The operation, which lasted two weeks, saw security personnel from the Nigerian Police, DSS, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Directorate of Road Traffic Services, and men of the AEPB, impound motorcycles operating in the FCC, Lugbe and Kubwa.
The exercise that started from the popular car wash bus stop in Lugbe, combing through Gosa, Bill Clinton Drive, Trademore Estate, Lugbe junction as well as the Kubwa and its environs.
Speaking with journalists after the operation, Director of the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services, Abdulateef Bello, encouraged residents to walk short distances for their safety and health.
“For safety and security reasons people should always make sure that they avoid plying motorcycles within the FCC because as the situation is, we might be arresting people that are equally plying motorcycles.”
On why the operation was extended to satellite towns including Kubwa, Bello said, “We have consistently maintained that commercial motorcycles are not allowed in the Federal Capital City, but of course apart from the city center, our highways are equally not encouraged for commercial motorcycles to ply because of safety and security reasons and that is why we have extended our operations beyond the FCC to other area councils that actually feed the city center.”