The Niger State government has placed restriction on the movement of motorcycles in the state capital, Minna and some other towns.
A statement by the commissioner of Information Culture and Tourism, Mr Jonathan Vatsa on Monday stated that:
“This is to remind members of the general public that the ban on the use of motorcycles either for private or commercial purpose is still enforce in Minna, the state capital and major towns of the state.
“Towards this end, the order will be strictly enforced between 6 pm and 6 am each day beginning from today, August 8, 2016. The Executive Members of the Association of Commercial Motorcycle Riders of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) are to take note of this development and caution their members against violation”
“Any person or group of persons caught contravening the order will be dealt with accordingly as the law enforcement agents have been put on the alert to deal with offenders”
“…the ban on the use of motorcycles either for private or commercial purpose is still enforce…” as seen in the commissioner’s statement reminds that the law banning okada was relaxed when the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello began. A member of the state House of Assembly representing Bosso constituency, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso moved a motion to lift the ban.
The motion was neither disregarded nor implemented to its full provision.
A motorcycle was deployed at the weekend in the killing of two policemen. Several crimes have also been perpetuated with the use of motorcycles, a development the government cited in taken its decision to enforce the ban.