he destruction of 500 seized commercial motorcycles in Abuja has been criticised by Nigerian activist, Aisha Yesufu.
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, was reported to have given the order.
The motorcycles were impounded and crushed by the Joint Task Force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday.
The task force raided some locations used by okada operators as routes such as Kpaduma II, Asokoro Extension, Galadimawa near Primary School, Gudu market, Kabusa junction, and Apo mechanic.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Garba Haruna, said that the crushing of the motorcycles in Area 1 was a sign that the okada ban was still in force.
Yesufu, in a tweet, said that governance should be done with empathy.
She said that it was unfair to take away the means of survival of the bike riders without offering any alternative.
See her tweet:
Governance must be with empathy. If they have committed traffic offenses, you fine them. Restrict them to certain areas in Abuja.
These bike riders after a day’s hard job are tired and sleep at night. You then take away that source of livelihood without an alternative.
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) September 1, 2023