The government of Anambra State has placed a ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada, after 7 pm all across the State.
The government said it is part of efforts to curb resurging crime in the state, warning that flouting the order would attract severe sanctions.
Tony Nnachetta, the commissioner for Information and communications strategy, in a press release made available to The Trent in Awka on Sunday, March 4, 2018, stressed that in recent times, there has been a resurgence of armed robbery and other sundry crimes in the State.
It added that “Security reports confirmed that these hoodlums operate with motorcycles. As part of the security measures towards checkmating the activities of these hoodlums, government hereby announces a ban on the use of commercial motorcycles popularly known as ‘Okada’ after 7 pm across the State.
“Henceforth, Okada riders are only allowed to operate within the hours
from 6 am to 7 pm,” he added.
According to Nnacheta, the ban is an indication of government’s determination to maintain law and order, as well as protect life and property of law-abiding citizens.
He warned all criminals and evil-minded persons to desist from their evil acts or face the full weight of the law.
He enjoined the public to be security conscious and to offer information to security agencies at any given time.