Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Danni Bello has banned the sale of motorcycles across the State, with immediate effect. 

This directive was contained in a statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane on Saturday. 

Motorcycles to be affected by the ban includes: Bajaj, Boxer, Qiujeng, Honda ACE, Jingchen and others with engine capacity from 185 Cubic Centimetres (cc) and above.

The SSG explained that the "State Government added this additional measure to eradicate the activities of criminals and the unleashing of mayhem by bandits and kidnappers on innocent citizens in the State".

He stated that Government condemns in strong terms, the degree of carnage and pandemonium bandits and kidnappers are causing to some parts of the State and reiterated its continued determination to rid the State of any security threats.

According to the SSG, “Government is aware of the inconveniences the measure would cause the people, but the decision was taken in the overall interest of the State and appealed to the dealers of motorcycles across the State to cooperate with the directive”.

Ahmed Matane also appealed to the people of the State to co-operate with the Security Agencies on the security measures being put in place to put an end to the activities of some criminal elements, as it is for the benefit of all and sundry.

He said that Government has also ordered Security Agencies in the State to ensure effective and strict compliance/enforcement of this directive. The SSG also reaffirmed that the activities of commercial motorcycle riders popularly known as Okada or Kabu-kabu and operation of illegal garages remained banned in Minna metropolis and environs. 

He added that the dusk to dawn restriction of commercial motorcycle activities remains effective. 

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