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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

Abia imposes night-time restriction on tricycles, motorcycles

Abia imposes night-time restriction on tricycles, motorcycle

The Abia State Government has announced a new restriction on the operation of tricycles (popularly known as Keke) and motorcycles within the cities of Aba and Umuahia.

This restriction will be in effect from 7 pm to 6 am daily, starting from July 1, 2024.

Uzor Nwachukwu, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, made this announcement during a news conference held at his office.

The decision follows a meeting with key stakeholders in the state’s transport sector.

Commissioner Nwachukwu explained that the restriction is aimed at enhancing security and protecting the lives and properties of residents.

He noted that there has been a recent uptick in security issues, including pickpocketing and robbery, often involving tricycles and motorcycles.

“The state government has decided to curb the operations of criminals who use these means of transport to perpetrate criminal activities,” Nwachukwu stated.

He equally announced that a committee has been set up with the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Navy Commander MacDonald Ubah (retd) as the chairman and other government officials as members to ensure compliance to compulsory registration of all tricycles, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

He explained that the essence is to identify the real owners or operators of such tricycles and motorcycles for security purposes.

He added that the government would try to review the restriction when it becomes necessary.

Some executive members of various unions who attended the meeting said they endorsed the decision of the government as regards the restriction time.

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