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Zainab Sanni

The Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC on Monday disbanded its taskforce on traffic control following complaints by members of the public on the excesses of the team.

Chairman of the Council, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido announced the dissolution during a townhall meeting organised by the Federal Capital Territory FCT Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ.

He admitted that the task force operatives had gone beyond the rules of engagement set out for them by the council and apologised profusely for the indiscretions of the operatives.

Earlier, Chairman of the FCT Council of the NUJ, Comrade said the town hall meeting was not an attempt to witch-hunt the council, saying the event was aimed at brainstorming on how to bring an end to the incessant harassment of residents, including journalists, by AMAC taskforce.

The event which was declared open by a former Chairman of FCT Council of the NUJ, Mr Malachy Uzendu, had in attendance the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, his vice, Lawrence Onuchukwu, council officials, Director, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage DOAS in the FCT Administration, Dr Babagana Adam and FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma who was represented.
Others were the FCT Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC, Ayuba Gora Wobin, Director Operations of the FCT DRTS, Mr Dele Yaro, Executive Director of CASER, Barr. Frank Tietie, representatives of various transport unions, members of the NUJ and the public.

The town hall meeting was necessitated by concerns from members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce. AMAC authorities had severally stated that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.


The Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC on Monday disbanded its taskforce on traffic control following complaints by members of the public on the excesses of the team.

Chairman of the Council, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido announced the dissolution during a townhall meeting organised by the Federal Capital Territory FCT Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ.

He admitted that the task force operatives had gone beyond the rules of engagement set out for them by the council and apologised profusely for the indiscretions of the operatives.


Earlier, Chairman of the FCT Council of the NUJ, Comrade said the town hall meeting was not an attempt to witch-hunt the council, saying the event was aimed at brainstorming on how to bring an end to the incessant harassment of residents, including journalists, by AMAC taskforce.

The event which was declared open by a former Chairman of FCT Council of the NUJ, Mr Malachy Uzendu, had in attendance the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, his vice, Lawrence Onuchukwu, council officials, Director, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage DOAS in the FCT Administration, Dr Babagana Adam and FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma who was represented.
Others were the FCT Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC, Ayuba Gora Wobin, Director Operations of the FCT DRTS, Mr Dele Yaro, Executive Director of CASER, Barr. Frank Tietie, representatives of various transport unions, members of the NUJ and the public.

The town hall meeting was necessitated by concerns from members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce. AMAC authorities had severally stated that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.

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