Security officials not exempted from okada ban – Ebonyi

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The Special Assistant to Ebonyi  State Governor on Security and Utility (Capital City), Mr Saint Anakor,  has said  security officials  are not exempted from the restrictions on commercial motorcyclists from operating in Abakaliki  beyond 7pm, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Anakor said no segment of society was exempted from the restriction.

He said, “Anyone who visits the state police headquarters will see motorcycles belonging to security officers  impounded by a combined team of the state neighbourhood watch and  police.

“The law is no respecter of persons even though some people always prove stubborn by disobeying the law.”

He said  at a meeting with the Commissioner of Police in November 2019, they agreed to steadily enforce the ban on motorcyclists operating beyond 7pm in the capital city.

The governor’s aide said the enforcement team had sought  the assistance of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to  fully enforce the ban.

Anakor said, “We have set up  roadblocks at strategic locations in Abakaliki to ensure that any motorcyclist operating beyond the approved time will be arrested and the motorcycle impounded.

“It is clear that miscellaneous crimes such as handbag and phone snatching are perpetrated by miscreants at night,using  motorcycles.

“We shall arrest both private and commercial motorcyclists and impound their motorcycles, because it difficult to differentiate criminals from the innocent ones.

“Abakaliki ranks among the safest cities in the country and we seek to maintain this rating, although, there is no totally safe city in the world.”

He said that the security team in Abakiliki would complement the efforts of  the security agencies to sustain the state’s  investments in security.

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