Niger State Government has announced the total ban of commercial motorcycles in Minna, the state capital in order to curtail the rising cases of insecurity in the state. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, during a press briefing at the Government House.
According to him, the ban would take effect from Thursday, June 3rd as he noted that only private motorcycles are allowed to operate with restriction from 9pm to 6am. He said the Okada Riders Association has been informed.
The Deputy Governor, therefore, called on Emirs, District Heads and village heads to begin profiling new residents in their communities, and also collaborate with local government chairmen, stressing that there is utmost need for all authorities and residents to be security conscious.
Gunmen reportedly attacked the town of Tegina, Rafi local government area in Niger state on Sunday May 30, riding on motorcycles and shooting indiscriminately as they abducted at least 200 children from the Salihu Tanko Islamic School.
On the Tegina Islamiyya Children’s abduction, he said they are still negotiating with the bandits but did not state the level of negotiation.