In a bid to combat violence witnessed over the past few months, the Nigerian Army has banned the use of motorcycles in seven northern states.
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, in an official statement released on Sunday, said it has been observed that armed bandits, kidnappers, criminal elements and their collaborators use motorcycles to perpetrate their crimes.
Motorcycles are now banned in Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger, all in the northern region.
Motorcycles are banned around the forests where the armed bandits, criminals and kidnappers hibernate and all around where troops are conducting operations
Musa said “While this may cause some inconveniences to some law-abiding citizens in the area, the need to use all means possible to stop the dastardly activities of these bandits across the North West part of Nigeria needs no emphasis.
“The general public, particularly in the North West and some parts of North Central in Nigeria where Ex HARBIN KUNAMA is ongoing are enjoined to bear with the NA as concerted efforts are being made to combat the insecurity menace ongoing within the area,” the statement read.
“The respective State Governments are enjoined to please disseminate the ban on the use of motorcycles in the named areas and enforce the ban in conjunction with the security agencies,” the statement concluded.
Recall that the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, recently revealed that a total of 1,071 people were killed in crime-related cases across the in the first quarter of 2019.
Meanwhile, Zamfara recorded the highest national kidnap rate with 281 victims in 2019 alone.