FCT police fumes over illegal car racing in Abuja, vow to arrest, prosecute offenders
The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Babaji Sunday, on Thursday, ordered all the Divisional Police Officers and their supervisory Area Commanders in Abuja to ensure the full enforcement of the prohibition of all kinds of car and speed races in their respective Area of Responsibility (AoR).
The development was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh.
According to the statement, the order followed public outcry on the menace of recklessness, risk to lives, damages to personal property and critical national infrastructure caused by illegal car racing, acceleration contests, speed competitions or test of physical endurance, amongst others, in the nation’s capital.
The police commissioner noted in the statement that Section 228 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 is clear on the prohibition of any car race, drag race, acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, exhibition of speed, in all parts of the country.
The CP warned that any person or group caught organizing or participating in the prohibited car racing event would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
He equally advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards to desist from the act of illegal car racing and speed competition, as the practice or involvement is against the law.
The CP, while seeking the understanding and cooperation of residents, said the Command will continue to do all within its powers to ensure the safety of all in the FCT during the festive season and beyond.
He equally urged residents to take advantage of the Command’s emergency numbers – 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883, to promptly report any suspicious movement or threat to public peace, safety and security in the FCT.