Po­lice, Kubwa res­i­dents strate­gise on Okada men­ace

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Sher­i­fat Amako

Res­i­dents of Kubwa in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) have urged the po­lice to pre­vail on the Bwari Area Coun­cil to reg­u­larise ac­tiv­i­ties of com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cle op­er­a­tors (Okada riders) in or­der to check in­creas­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties among them.

The res­i­dents at an in­ter­ac­tive meet­ing of stake­hold­ers on com­mu­nity-based polic­ing held at the Po­lice Area Com­mand in Kubwa on Satur­day presided over by the Area Com­man­der, ACP Arungwa Nwazue, urged the coun­cil author­i­ties to register okada op­er­a­tors and com­pel them to wear num­bered re­flec­tive jack­ets for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The stake­hold­ers who gave grim nar­ra­tives of atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by okada op­er­a­tors urged the Area Com­man­der to ex­pe­dite ac­tion on the mat­ter, or con­sider in­form­ing the area coun­cil of the pos­si­bil­ity of sub­sti­tut­ing com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cles with tri­cy­cles (Keke Napep).

The Life Pa­tron, Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee in Kubwa, re­tired Capt. Aliyu Garba (Bar­den Bwari), urged the coun­cil to make it manda­tory for the Okada op­er­a­tors to not only wear num­bered re­flec­tive jack­ets but also register with their cur­rent pass­port pho­to­graphs at the area com­mand with the same num­ber im­printed on their mo­tor­cy­cles.

He said com­mu­nity lead­ers, church and mosque lead­ers should mo­bilise their fol­low­ers to pa­tro­n­ise only iden­ti­fi­able okada op­er­a­tors and urged the po­lice to rise to the re­spon­si­bil­ity of check­ing illegal drug use among them.

Re­spond­ing, the Area Com­man­der, ACP Arungwa Nwazue, thanked the res­i­dents for the ro­bust in­ter­ac­tion, say­ing though okada op­er­a­tors con­sti­tute part of the so­ci­ety, their ac­tiv­i­ties need to be reg­u­lated to check abuse and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. He said he would for­ward their rec­om­men­da­tions to the Bwari Area Coun­cil chair­man for ap­proval and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion. Giv­ing a crime re­view in Kubwa, the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, CSP Nu­rudeen Sabo, said two sus­pects of a “One Chance” gang were re­cently ar­rested with a car and some ex­hibits, a man was ar­rested in Phase 4 when he at­tempted to snatch a woman’s bag, two armed rob­bers were ar­rested for snatch­ing mo­tor­cy­cles with ex­hibits re­cov­ered, while a rob­bery was foiled at the Fed­eral Hous­ing Es­tate af­ter a dis­tress call.

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