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by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government on Wednesday banned the use of commercial motorcycles in totality, following continued heightened wave of insecurity in the state.
Accordingly, the State Government has also placed the ban on possession of/or wielding of dangerous weapons in the state.
The State commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who announced the ban at a press conference, said tricycles are allowed to operate only from 6am to 7pm. “All tricycles must remove all curtains. Movement of all tricycles is restricted from dusk till dawn (7PM to 6AM),” he said.
“I am here to inform you of, and to formally announce the implementation of certain measures to assist the security agencies in parts of the state.
“You will recall that, Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced in a media chat yesterday (28th September, 2021) that the State Government has formally requested the Federal Government to enforce the shutdown of telecom services in parts of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures.
“The relevant federal agencies have today informed the Kaduna State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced,” he stated.
Aruwan said, as part of the steps to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central regions, “KDSG has held several meetings with security agencies to adopt critical measures towards crushing bandits in their identified hideouts.
“The military and other security forces have been carrying out assaults on the identified locations. The state government is advised that certain measures are now necessary to assist the spirited efforts of these security agencies,” he noted.
He said the measures put in place will become effective, from Thursday, 30 September, 2021.
“The complete ban on the use of motorcycles (‘Okada’), for commercial or personal purposes, is for three months in the first instance. Ban on possession of or wielding of dangerous weapons. Tricycles are allowed to operate only from 6am to 7pm. All tricycles must remove all curtains. Movement of all tricycles is restricted from dusk till dawn (7PM to 6AM),” he said.
He continued that, “All vehicles used for commercial transport must be painted in yellow-and-black within 30 days. Vehicles that are part of ride hailing services are to carry yellow-and-black stripes.
“Ban on the sale of petrol in jerry-cans or other containers in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.
“Other containment measures previously communicated by the Kaduna State Government remain in place, including ban on felling of trees and forestry activities in Birnin Gwari, Giwa Igabi, Chikun, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.
“Ban on firewood and charcoal transportation. Ban on the transportation of livestock into and out of the State. Cessation of weekly markets in the frontline local government areas of Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru and Kawo weekly market of Kaduna North local government,” he said.
Aruwan stated that the State Government, however, regrets the severe strain and inconveniences these measures will place on peaceful and law abiding citizens, adding that, “The government, therefore, appeals for the understanding and cooperation of all residents of the affected areas, and indeed across the State. These difficult times have demand that difficult decisions be made.
“The measures have been adopted purely in the interest of our collective safety and security, and to aid our brave forces in their fight against these mindless criminals.
“Too many lives have been lost, and too many families have been shattered. Small groups of wicked persons cannot continue to hold us to ransom and force us to live in perpetual fear.
“Once again, the government craves the understanding of all citizens. The hardship we face will be temporary, and we are confident that in the end, it will pay off. Good will prevail over evil,” he stated.