Commercial motorcyclists, locally known as Okada riders, on Monday expressed their grievances with the authorities by blocking Airport Road in Abuja.
The Okada riders protested against the impounding of their motorcycles by the task force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
The road was inaccessible for motorists until the arrival of the police.
Spokesperson of the FCT Command Josephine Adeh explained that “the incident which soon attracted many false narratives was merely an uncultured display of dissatisfaction by commercial Motorcycle riders popularly called Okada who took to the streets burning tires and other substances following the activities of the Task Force who had earlier confiscated some motorcycles for certain violations.
“Consequent upon the above, Members of the public are urged to eschew the generation and promulgation of fake news or contrary narratives and to go about the discharge of their lawful businesses without the fear of harassment or molestation of any kind or from any quarters.
“Meanwhile, Monitoring and surveillance continue on the scene while an effort is ongoing to arrest miscreants responsible for the disturbance of public peace.”
According to Adeh, the commissioner of police Babaji Sunday noted that the burning of materials on tarred road amounts to the vandalisation of government property and the full wrath of the law will be meted on erring person(s).