No fewer than 36 motorists have been arrested for beating traffic lights in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and have been subjected to psychiatric evaluation at the Karu Psychiatric Hospital.
The traffic offenders were arrested by men of the FCT Police Command of the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services.
This followed the directive of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, last week to the Nigeria Police Force, FCT Command to arrest any motorist that beats traffic lights in the nation’s capital and be taken to psychiatric hospital for immediate test.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Mohammed Hazat Sule, all the motorists arrested and conveyed in ambulances to the hospital have undergone psychiatric tests at the hospital but were certified by the doctor to be medically fit.
He disclosed that those arrested have been made to face the consequences of their actions as they have been made to pay fine to serve as a deterrent after bearing the cost of the psychiatric test.
“Meanwhile, the culprits have also been made to attend a compulsory three-day lecture at the headquarters of the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services on the importance of complying with traffics signs and road markings.”
He said The exercise that commenced about five days ago by the Police on the directive of the Minister is a continuous one as it has entered week two.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Police Force recently deployed very senior officers within the ranks of Assistant Superintendent of Police and Inspectors to man the speed bikes to ensure high level of discipline from them to curb impunity and work in disciplined, efficient and effective manner.