By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State government yesterday vowed to prosecute erring private and commercial motorcyclists who operate beyond 7pm andÂ before5.30am. Consequently, it has ordered the police command to arrest and prosecute violators of the directive.
Saturday Vanguard learnt that the measure was taken to curb the rising wave of crime in the state capital. The presence of okada on Yenagoa roads beyond the stipulated operational time frame, a security source said, is being exploited by criminals.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, SSG Chief Gideon Ekeuwei noted that considering the rising security threat, the operators were ordered not to ply beyond stipulated hours.
Ekeuwei charged police authorities in the states to arrest and deal decisively with any defaulter of the order especially operators around Melford Okilo road roundabout in the front of the Government House from Onopa to Hospital road junction.
According to the statement, â€œin furtherance of the compelling need to ensure safety of the citizenry and government properties the public is warned to desist from plying beyond regulated time.â€
â€œThere should be no movement of commercial motorcycles as from 7.00pm and 5.30 Am each day,â€ he said.
â€œThe state government has observed with dismay the flagrant disobedient of the directive to all commercial motorcycle operators in the state to stop plying the streets of Yenagoa from 7pm to 5.30amâ€, the statement added.
The statement also called on owners of broken down vehicles on the streets of Yenagoa metropolis to remove such vehicles within seven days or face wrath of the law.According to the statement, the state Environmental Sanitation Authority would be mandated to confiscate such vehicles to the Government House junk yard