Some suspected commercial motorcycle operators have
attacked a Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, personnel in the
federal capital territory, FCT.
Spokesman of the agency, Mr. Kalu Emetu, disclosed this to
the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on Tuesday.
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.
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
The spokesman said a group of the riders mobilised and
pounced on Eyge, inflicting serious injuries on him.
He said, “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 passersby.
“The officer is now receiving treatment at a medical facility.”
Emetu said that the matter had been reported to the police
for investigation and prosecution.
He regretted that attacks on vehicle inspection officers were
becoming a daily occurrence in the FCT.
The spokesman recalled that seven VIO personnel were
killed in similar circumstances in the territory in 2017.