FCTA arrests 84 travellers in trucks

No fewer than 84 travellers were on Thursday arrested by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

FCTA warned others seeking to pass through the territory to stay back, as the administration is not in a hurry to relax the emergency containment protocols imposed in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Those apprehended were travelling in a truck as well as six other buses.

Addressing reporters at Zuba in Abuja, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task team on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah lamented that: “In spite of the directives by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, many seem determined to remain lawless. One wonders why these people are still travelling from state to state and in overloaded vehicles.

“Despite the alarming increase in the number of interstate violators, we of the FCTA will not relent in doing what we are directed to do by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. If we must contain this virus that is ravaging the world, citizens must close ranks with the government”, he added.

According to him, the breakdown of the arrest shows that 21 passengers were apprehended on a J5 bus travelling from Owo in Ondo State to Kano State.

Also intercepted were a Dangote truck travelling from Lagos to Jos, with six passengers, a Toyota Hiace bus from Kaduna to Warri in Delta State with 13 passengers, and a Mazda Bus from Minna in Niger State to Nasarawa State, with 16 passengers.

Six passengers in a Volkswagen Sharon bus from Kaduna to Kogi State were arrested as well as 14 passengers in a Toyota Hiace bus from Kaduna to Ankpa in Kogi State.

The last vehicle intercepted was a Toyota Hiace bus travelling from Akwa-Ibom State to Kaduna State with eight passengers.

Attah said: “they were arraigned at the Zuba mobile court where the magistrate, Ebiwari Damini convicted both the drivers and passengers. While all the passengers, excluding minors, were fined N1, 000 each, the drivers of the vehicles were fined between N3,000 and N5,000 each”.