Zamfara restricts motorbikes, orders shoot on sight – The Sun Nigeria
Governor Bello Mattawale of Zamfara State has banned the driving of motorbikes from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Gusau, the state capital.
He ordered security personnel to shoot on sight anyone who violated the new order. The action, according to the governor, was taken by the security council, following reports of the use of motorcycles by bandits and other criminals to carry out their criminal activities in the state capital and its outskirts.
“In view of the recent invasion of bandits in some areas on the outskirts of Gusau, the state capital, riding motorcycles is hereby prohibited from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in all areas and on the outskirts of the city of Gusau.
“The areas include Mareri, Damba, Tsunami, Tsauni, Barakallahu, Samaru, Gada Biyu and Janyau East. Security forces are hereby ordered to shoot anyone riding a motorcycle between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the outskirts of Gusau who refuses to stop when ordered to do so.
“In the meantime, members of the public have been implored to be vigilant in their localities and to report to security agencies any suspicious persons or strange movements in their respective communities.
“The measure is to subdue terrorists and criminals as part of the government’s efforts to tackle insecurity in the state. The government was very concerned about the use of hotels by terrorists and criminals to carry out their heinous activities in the state. The state government will not take this lightly with anyone disturbing the peace and security of the people,” he said.
The governor stressed that the security of lives and property of citizens is the fundamental function of any government.
“My administration is doing everything humanly possible, in accordance with the laws of the land, to fulfill this responsibility,” Matawall concluded.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government is considering a total ban on commercial motorbikes in all local government areas in the state. State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, made the revelation yesterday during a stakeholder forum held to review the ban on commercial motorbikes in parts of the state .
Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu had on June 1 banned the use of commercial motorcycles, commonly known as Okada, in six local government areas and nine LCDAs.
The six local governments are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.
Omotosho said that after seeing the results of the ban in the six local government areas, the people of Lagos called on the government to expand the ban.
“Some people have suggested the ban should be statewide, given the current concern over security,” he added.
He said the forum needed to take stock of the government’s decision on the ban and agree on the next step.
He recalled the criticism that initially followed the ban, “based largely on the feelings of those who had not witnessed the havoc wrought by some of Okada’s riders in the areas of health and safety. .
“Residents had their belongings stolen by thieves who used motorbikes to flee crime scenes. Our public hospitals were full of Okada crash victims, doctors had their hands full in the emergency room, and thugs riding unregistered motorcycles posed great safety risks.
Transport Commissioner Dr Frederic Oladeinde said the ban has seen significant successes and compliance. He said that in the affected areas, during the reporting period, available records showed that crime and accidents had dropped significantly.
Oladeinde said the government was already working around the clock to secure the state. He said the focus on Okada operators was due to their disregard of traffic rules and regulations and their use for robberies, kidnappings, arms deliveries and attacks on citizens. .
He said the forum was to rekindle the state’s commitment to cracking down on traffic violations and criminals operating as commercial passengers.
The Governor’s special adviser for transport, Mr. Sola Giwa, said the forum should come up with suggestions to guide the government on what action to take regarding the operation of Okada users.