Court stops FCT ‘Park and Pay’ scheme
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja High Court yesterday ordered that the FCT Administration’s ‘Park & Pay’ policy should be stopped forth with.
Justice Peter Affen while delivering the judgment held that the ‘Park & Pay’ Policy was illegal saying that there was no law backing its operation.
The plaintiff - SunTrust savings & loan had dragged the FCT Minister, the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Integrated Parking Services limited, (IPS) and Najec Safe Service limited to court challenging the validity of the FCT Minister’s “Park and Pay” policy.
The court ruled that the law the operators of the policy used was not enacted by any arm of government and therefore cannot be of any effect.
Under the policy, motorists who desire to park at designated locations are made to pay certain amount of money ranging from N50 to N500.
However, the policy has largely been undermined by allegations of extortion and forced illegal and dubious electronic parking fees on motorists and harassment.
Plaintiff ’s lawyer, Barrister Ekene Okwubanego while reacting to the court’s decision, said that his clients were happy and pleased.