Insecurity: FG plans to ban ‘okada’ nationwide


Insecurity: FG plans to ban ‘okada’ nationwide

The Federal Government of Nigeria said it is considering plans to ban the use of motorcycles, popularly known as okada.

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made this known on Thursday while briefing State House correspondent after a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said an investigation revealed that the motorcycles were used by bandits for easy movement, while mining provides them with the money to fund their arms supply.

On whether the government would consider the implications of the ban on motorcycles and mining activities on ordinary Nigerians and the economy, the minister said the federal government would place national and public interests above individual interests.

Also speaking, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said substantial efforts went into intelligence gathering before the recent attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre but regretted that there was an absence of will to act on it.

Aregbesola who said a preliminary report of investigation on the attack had been submitted to the President, assured that a detailed report would be made available at the end of the probe.

The minister said those found to have abandoned their responsibilities would be punished.


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