The Katsina State Government has banned the use of motorcycles between the hours of 7 pm and 6 am.
The Governor, Aminu Masari, signed the order which was read by the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Ahmed El-Marzuq, on Wednesday.
Backing the order with law, he said it will take effect on January 20, and applies to all except the para-military and the policemen.
“Section 5, sub section 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, conferred on the governor power to sign the order.
“The order is the Motorcycle and Tricycle Restriction Movement 2020. Under the order, he has prohibited the movement of motorcycles statewide from the hours of 7 pm to 6 am, with effect from 20th January 2020.
“This order shall apply to all and sundry in the state.
“However, there are exceptions. The order shall not apply to the members of the armed forces, the police, other paramilitary agencies like the FRSC, civil defence, immigration, customs and other security agents,” the order read.
El-Marzuq added that the motorcycles were used to carry out criminal acts during those hours, and therefore should be banned from working during the hours.
“Most of the kidnappings and other criminal activities are perpetrated within these hours using this means of transportation.
“People are not restricted to move, they can use motor vehicles.
“By the time the situation normalises, the order will be reviewed,” he said.