Taxi drivers’ protest: Police arrest hoodlums

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja 

The police in Abuja have commenced investigation into the riot by taxi drivers in Abuja.

The force said some hoodlums that wanted to take advantage of the rowdy situation to cause mayhem have been apprehended.

The FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, in a statement on Wednesday said  police operatives have restored normalcy at Wuse following the misunderstanding that broke out between operatives of the Directorate of Road Transport Services Taskforce and cab operators around Wuse market.  

He, however, did not give the number of those arrested in connection with the incident which paralysed commercial activities in parts of the city.

Manzah said, “Contrary to speculations making the rounds, members of the public should note that no life was lost nor was anybody injured from the fracas and the situation has been brought under control. 

“It is also pertinent to state that some hoodlums who were trying to take advantage of the false rumour to cause problem in the FCT have been arrested and investigation is in progress.”

Meanwhile, the Foundation for Peace Professionals has condemned the fracas between the task force members and cab operators.

Its Executive Director, Abdulrazaq Hamzat, in a statement condemned the alleged harassment of taxi drivers by the security operatives and called for the arrest and prosecution of the soldier that allegedly shot a cab operator.

The foundation said its findings indicated that the task force has been extorting members of the public around Wuse market for a long time.

It demanded a review of the operation of the task force.

“We also call on the security agencies to arrest and properly prosecute the soldier that shot the taxi driver and all other members of the task force engaged in public extortion and criminality,” the foundation demanded.

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Fuente: THE PUNCH