In a bid to curb incessant banditry and kidnapping in Niger State, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has banned the sale of motorcycles in the state.
This is coming after bandits invaded Zagzaga community in the Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, the third within one week. The bandits abducted 10 more villagers, bringing the total number of persons with the bandits to 83.
They have also demanded for N150million ransom before those in captivity would be set free.
The Katsina State Government has however, recruited 500 more persons as vigilante operatives to complement efforts of other security agencies in rural communities.
Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane, said in a statement issued in Minna yesterday that the ban on sales of motorcycle resulted from incessant security challenges in some parts of state.
He stated that the ban was also informed by the fact that bandits and kidnappers now demand motorcycles as ransom.
He explained that the ban covered the sale of “any motorcycle (Bajaj, Boxer, Qiujeng, Honda ACE, Jingchen) with engine capacity from 185 Cubic Centimetres (cc) and above’’.
Matane stated also that the measure was aimed at eradicating the activities of criminals, bandits and kidnappers who unleashed mayhem on innocent citizens.
He condemned the degree of carnage and pandemonium bandits and kidnappers caused in parts of the state and reiterated its continued determination to rid the state of security threats.
Matane added that the government was aware of the inconveniences the measure would cause the people, but the decision was taken in the overall interest of the state.
He appealed to dealers in motorcycles in the state to comply with the directive.
He urged the citizens to cooperate with security agencies on the security measures being put in place to put an end to activities of criminal elements.
The secretary to the state government also stated that government had ordered security agencies in the state to ensure effective and strict compliance and enforcement of the directive.
Matane reaffirmed that commercial motorcycling and operation of illegal garages remained banned in Minna and its environs.