No fewer than 105 officers have been deployed by the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) in strategic locations of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja to ensure free traffic flow as Nigeria celebrates her Democracy Day on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Mr Kalu Emetu, Public Relations Officer of the DRTS, disclosed that the move was planned towards providing additional support to various security agencies in creating a safer environment and freer movements of vehicles. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday June 11, 2019, according to him, this was necessary as movement would be restricted in some areas of the city. Among the 105 personnel deployed, 10 of them were motorbike riders.
Emetu stated that there would be provision for a recovery unit, and officers in the unit would be moving round the city, checking for road crashes, and evacuating vehicles that are hindering free flow of traffic around the FCT. The agency will operate in collaboration with some security agencies such as the task force team which consists of both paramilitary and military personnel.
“This synergy is of essence because VIO men are not armed; for the kind of services we render, we need the protection of armed men,” Emetu revealed.
VIO Officials are mandated to inspect vehicles
The PRO identified areas where the personnel would be stationed to include:
- Eagle Square
- National Assembly Junction
- Federal Secretariat Phase 3
- Bullet Junction
- Aso Drive
- Millennium Towers
- Old Parade Ground
- Supreme Court Park
- Water Board by Deeper Life Junction
- Bayelsa House
- Transcorp Hilton
- Intel Junction by Ahmadu Bello Way
- NNPC Towers
- FCDA by POWA
- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Expressway
Every team consists of no fewer than 5 personnel, a Hilux patrol van and a motorbike.