Kidnapping: Police arrest 20 Okada riders, seize 500 motorcycles in Aba

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BY ERIC UGBOR

ABA—In a bid to checkmate the renewed wave of kidnapping in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State, the police in the state have arrested twenty persons, while over 500 motorcycles were seized for
contravening the ban on motor cycle operation in some parts of the state.

The state government had in the wake of the kidnap insurgence in the state, banned the use of motorcycles in some local governments areas of the, including Aba, Umuahia and environs.

However, after a while, the use of bikes, particularly among security personnel, triggered a gradual return of the use of motorcycles in the city, even by Okada operators.

Frowning on the development, the area commander, Aba, ACP Rabiu Dayi, told Vanguard that the renewed clamp down was in line with the directive of the state government banning the use of motorcycles in the city and its environs.

He said: “We are renewing our clamp down on motorcycle operation in Aba which was banned by the state government because of the resurgence of criminal activities in the city particularly kidnapping.

“Kidnapping is gradually coming back to the city and what the hoodlums mostly use now is motorcycle and because of this, we are going to enforce the ban fully.

“I am therefore, warning my men and personnel of other security outfit not to violate the ban anymore because any of them caught will apart from having his motorcycle seized, will also be prosecuted.”

While advising managing director of BUCHI Enterprises who claimed the Ministry of Transport, Umuahia, gave him the nod to operate Okada within Ariaria international market axis to desist from such move or face prosecution, the area commander said the over 500 motorcycles so far seized would be destroyed.

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