The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has arraigned about 34 traffic offenders before the mobile court as the intensive enforcement of traffic rules launched operations in the FCT.
Blueprint reports that the director of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), Mr. Wadata Bodinga, has said the enforcement of traffic offenders would continue until motorists abide by traffic rules and regulations in the territory.
He also stated that fines ranging from N30, 000 to N40, 000 were imposed on the offenders, after subjecting them to psychiatric test before their trial before the FCT mobile court.
He said: “We started the operation on Ahmadu Bello way and transcended to Ondo filling station at Gwarimpa and all the way to Gudu and our personnel have been stationed on all the intersections where some traffic lights are not working to ensure traffic control.”
“The operation is basically successful with some little challenges that has to do with the people that resisted arrest.
“We have only one case of someone who tried to run with our officer and along the line there was a minor road accident, but fortunately for us nobody got injured.
“The person has since been remanded at Kuje prison because of his act and deliberate dangerous driving and intention to abduct our officer.
“So far, about 34 cases were referred to mobile court and were fined after they were found guilty and about 16 cases are been evaluated and tomorrow, they will be arraigned before the mobile court.”
He also reiterated that the operation will continue and will be intensified until order is restored in the FCT.
While speaking to the acting director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, who explained that the operation was necessitated by a matching order from the highest body.
She further stated that it doesn’t matter who you are, once you are arrested, you will be subjected to psychiatric test and be made to face the law.
She said: “No normal human being will beat traffic, so we need to check the state of mental stability and when that is done, you now face the law and offenders will pay for their mental evaluation.”
She advised FCT residents to always be law abiding by obeying traffic laws, stating that the faces of offenders would be exposed through the media.