April 17, 2024

Suspected commercial motorcycle operators on Tuesday mobbed an officer of Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) in Abuja.

Spokesman for the agency, Mr Kalu Emetu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

Emetu identified the affected officer as Mr Abubarkar Eyge.

He said the incident occurred at the Area 1 roundabout in the Garki District of the territory on Monday morning.

According to him, the Okada riders attacked the officer when he tried  to take an impounded motorcycle to the operational base of the Ministerial Joint Task Force in Wuye District.

The spokesman said a group of the riders mobilised and pounced on Eyge, inflicting serious injuries on him.

This is one of the hazards of being a VIO personnel, especially in Abuja.

“The attack would have been more serious if not for the intervention of passersbys.

“The officer is now receiving treatment at a medical facility,’’ he said.

Emetu said that the matter had been reported to the police for investigation and prosecution.

He said attacks on vehicle inspection officers were becoming incessant and a daily routine in the FCT.

He added the agency last year lost seven personnel to similar circumstances in the FCT.

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