Kidnapping In Abuja; Police DSS Meet Okada Riders

Worried by the spate of kidnappings in FCT, the Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday and representatives of the DSS, have held a consultative meeting with about 150 chairmen of commercial motorcyclists (Okada) units and associations across Abuja.

In a press statement by the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Omotayo Oduniyi, said the CP charged the commercial motorcyclists to turn a new leaf, work in synergy with the police to fish out the bad eggs among them, obey traffic rules and eschew the habit of resorting to violence at the slightest provocation.

The statement culled from the Punch newspaper reads, “The recent spate of the outbreak of violence largely traceable to commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, has become a menace occasionally playing out as self-help in obtaining justice known as jungle justice, vandalization of government and private properties, and sundry antisocial behaviours demanding an immediate redress.

“CP Babaji warned that, forthwith, sanctions according to the rule of law will be meted on erring persons.

The CP, however, reassures the good people of the Territory of the Command’s unflinching commitment to rid the Territory of criminal elements and bring crime and criminality to the barest minimum.  Members of the public are, therefore, urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the Police.”

Some of the chairmen in attendance, who spoke on behalf of the commercial motorcyclists, promised to play by laid down rules.

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