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Over 10,000 Okada riders fled from Niger after ban – SSG

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The ban on the operation and sale of bikes in Niger State has allegedly compelled over 10,000 industrial Okada operators to flee the state, the Secretary to the State Authorities, SSG, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane has confirmed.

Matane who acknowledged this in Minna stated with the ban positioned on the operations of Okada riders earlier and lately on the sale of bikes, the state has began witnessing some relative peace.

He defined that the ban on the sale of business bikes was taken to manage the actions of bandits who largely use the bikes for his or her operations.

“After we imposed the ban, the bandits have been nearly closing in on Minna, the state. And, we received an intelligence report that over 300 bikes have been offered in two days and that’s a really uncommon sale. After we requested, we have been instructed patrons have been coming from different states to purchase bikes in Minna. That was why we needed to place a ban on the gross sales of bikes. With the ban, over 10,000 Okada operators left Niger State and that was after we began noticing some peace across the state. It is because 99% of the actions of bandits are carried out on bikes and these identical bikes are used as ramsons or Jerry cans of gasoline amongst others,” the state govt image-maker disclosed.

He stated these nonetheless defying the ban on the motion of bikes are Okada riders that got here from different states reminiscent of Kebbi, Kaduna as a result of they really feel it has been strongly enforced in Niger State.

He additionally revealed that aside from the killing and kidnapping of individuals, bandits in some communities within the state are additionally taxing farmers on their farm produce earlier than they might harvest them and refusal will result in setting farms on hearth.

“We’ve at all times thought that the Nationwide Authorities ought to have a coordinated response that’s sustainable with all the extent severity, however we have now another challenges in doing that”

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” You see Nigeria at this time, each state is by itself. You pursue your individual agenda so that you can survive. If assist comes superb, if it doesn’t you might be by yourself. The residents will take care of you immediately, they dont care whether or not there’s a federal authorities or not. The residents know their governor, they know the equipment of the state they usually take their points there to be addressed”

Matane additional defined that earlier than the ban, the state authorities met with Bikes sellers within the state, the place it was agreed that they need to register any buyer that purchases multiple bike.

The sellers, in keeping with him, have been additionally speculated to liaise with the state Ministry for Transport and Board of Inner Income to make sure that the bikes are coded.

The SSG decried the failure of the sellers to honour the choice reached between them that resulted within the gross sales of over 300 bikes with out notifying the related authority.

Nonetheless, Matane expressed optimism that the ban would go a protracted method to help in curbing the operations of bandits within the state, including,” it’s our prayer that in a single or two years time, this complete drawback would go away, that’s my prayer on daily basis”.

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