NIGERIA. Niger State: Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has banned the sale of motorcycles across the state. In a press release through Secretary to the state government, (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim MataneBello said that the reason behind the ban is a rise in banditry across the state. The ban is aimed at curbing the constant rise of kidnapping and banditry in the state.
The motorcycle brands that have been affected by the government ban are; Bajaj, Boxer, Qiujeng, Honda ACE, Jingchen, among others. “Henceforth, the above-named items will remain banned in the state until further notice,” Bello said.
Bello also added that the decision is part of plans put in place to completely eliminate the criminals and their activities in the state and beyond.
“Government is fully aware of the problem caused by the banditry to the people of the state”, Bello stated.
The government is now asking the motorcycle sellers, buyers, and the entire citizens of the state to abide and cooperate with the protocols.
Bello also appealed to the members of the public to ally with the operatives in ensuring the full implementation of the new rule to completely wipe out the criminals as it is for the benefit of all.
In respect to the ban, the government has tasked the security agencies in the state to ensure effective and strict compliance. The decisions are all aimed at ending insecurity in the state.
Earlier this year, the state government announced the ban of operations of commercial motorcycles in the state. With this, the government has warned the general public that the ban is still in full force and has urged the public to abide by it.