In a bid to avert further attacks by armed bandits in communities across Niger state, the state government has declared a dusk-to-dawn ban on motorcycles.
Also, the government has directed security to apprehend all motorcycles and vehicles without number plates. Vehicles using government number plates without authorization would also be arrested until they are able to provide proof of authorization.
Briefing the media, the State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Sani Idris, said that most of the bandit attacks were carried out on motorcycles.
“We are bringing back the ban on motorcycles from 10 pm to 6 am in order to reduce the insecurity in the state. “Although the ban is only in Minna, it would be scaled down to the rural areas where most of these attacks take place. Insecurity is now prevalent in the rural areas.”
The commissioner noted that although recent attacks now take place during the day, the government has put in measures and strategies to address this challenge.
In a related development, the Commissioner of Mining, Daniel Sunday Kolo, said the state government has decided to coordinate the activity of illegal miners in order to checkmate them, as it has been discovered that some of these bandits take cover among the illegal miners who are across the state.
He stated that investigations have further shown that illegal miners are part of the causes of the rise in insecurity in the state.