Okada riders attack, injure Vehicle Inspection officer in Abuja

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Suspected commercial motorcycle operators have attacked a Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) personnel in Abuja.

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

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Emetu identified the victim as Mr Abubarkar Eyge.

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

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He said that 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.

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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.

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

“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.

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He said attacks on vehicle inspection officers were becoming a daily occurrence in the FCT.

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He said seven VIO personnel were killed in similar circumstances in the territory in 2017.

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