Insecurity: Benue Imposes Ban On Commercial Motorcycles

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has placed restrictions on the operations of commercial motorcycles in the state. 

This was announced yesterday, in a statement signed by Nathaniel Ikyur, the press secretary to the governor.

The decision was part of the outcome of an emergency security council meeting held earlier before the announcement.

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“Henceforth, commercial motorcycle operators would only be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm everyday until further notice,” the statement partly read.

The governor clarified that the decision is a measure against the latest security alarm raised by the Nasarawa State government and what is happening in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and other parts of Nigeria. 

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Speaking to journalists after the council meeting, Ortom added that the earlier ban imposed on the use of motorcycles in the Sankera geopolitical zone comprising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum remains in place.

Furthermore, the government concluded that all heavy-duty vehicles coming into the state, with covered tarpaulins would be searched at designated checkpoints along routes in and out of the state with the contents thoroughly before allowed to proceed.

Speaking on penalties for deviants, Ortom said: “stiff penalties such as arrest and prosecution awaits anyone found flouting the order.”

The governor added that community volunteer guards would collaborate with the traditional rulers and other security agencies to curb insecurity in the state.


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