The police on Tuesday arrested 20 commercial motorcycles for violating the ban on motorcycle popularly known as ‘Okada’ in some part of the the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The development led to protests by riders who obstructed the VIO from moving out of their office and started attacking the officers.

The police immediately dispersed the motorcyclists who took to the street to express their displeasure.

A statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh said: “Following the ban of motorcycles in some parts of the FCT by the FCTA, the FCT Command having held several meetings with the various heads of motorcycle units across the Territory activated an enforcement exercise at the various Divisional and Area command AORs.

“Today 26th July 2022, motorcycles numbering about 20 were arrested by Operatives of the Durumi Divisional Police Headquarters on an Enforcement round for violating the ban. The motorcycles were taken to the Division and subsequently handed over to the VIO for screening. Upon sighting the VIO at the Division, the errant motorcyclist in their number decided to obstruct the VIO from moving out of the station and started attacking the officers.

“The police swung into action, dispersing the violent motorcycles who took to the street to express their displeasure. No life was lost nor properties damaged. normalcy has since been restored. The command urges members of the public not to panic, and to go about their lawful business while monitoring of the area and surveillance continues”.