Police arrest eight motorcyclists for alleged rioting, incitement
The Police on Wednesday arrested eight commercial motorcyclists at Jikwoyi in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) over alleged rioting and inciting the public. Those arrested include Saidu Isah, 25, Usman Adamu, 21, Zakari Inuwa, 29, and Timothy Danjuma, 25. Others are Bello Sam, 22, Ambali Umar, 23, and Dogo Sabo, 20 and a 17 year-old-boy, all of no fixed address. A police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the the FCT authorities had directed all cyclists to register their motorcycles.
“Some commercial motorcyclists feel that the N9,500 registration fee is exorbitant, thus their refusal to pay.
“They staged a demonstration which turned violent and in the process, burnt tyres and blocked the Jikwoyi-Nyanya Road.
They also destroyed vehicles belonging to innocent individuals,” the officer said.
According to the officer, the DPO at the Jikwoyi Police Station led a team of policemen to the scene of the riot, dispersed them and made some arrests.
The police source told NAN that the eight arrested motorcyclists would be charged to court on February 8, 2013.
A commercial motorcyclist, Isah Mohammed, told NAN that the registration fee of N9,500 was too much.
“After the registration, they said we will be issued with a reflective jacket, an identity, card and a helmet. How much do we make in a day for which they are charging us N9,500.
“Only God will save poor men in this country,” he lamented. (NAN)