From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
As part measures to tackle increasing security challenges, the Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has ordered an immediate banned of the sale of motorcycles across the state.
In a statement issued in Minna, Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, explained that the ban was as a result of 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.
Matane 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’’.
The SSG also stated 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.