Christmas: Anambra govt bans late-night motorcycles travels
By Chinelo Nwangene
Anambra state government has temporarily banned the late-night movement of all types of motorcycles in all parts of the state in its latest bid to curtail crime and criminalities during the Yuletide festive season.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, the new travel restrictions which will see commercial and non-commercial motorcycles operate between 6 am and 9 pm in parts of the state was introduced after series of security and intelligence reports which indicates that most crimes took place during late night.
“The period allowed for motorcycle movement in other parts of the state is appropriate for people doing legitimate businesses. Most crimes in the state take place between 9 pm and 6 am.
Of course, the total ban on the use of motorcycles in Onitsha and Awka since 2018 remains in force”, the commissioner disclosed.
Adinuba who stressed that the state government was committed to the protection of the life and asset of every person in the state, insists that it would not allow criminals to operate freely with motorcycles.
“The Anambra state government cannot allow groups of criminally-minded elements to carry out their plans to unleash mayhem in the state in December and January and use motorcycles to carry out the nefarious activity. Regrettably, most of the violent crimes which occurred in the state in recent times like clashes by cult groups were perpetrated by persons using motorcycles.
“The restriction on the movement of motorcycles which comes into force from today, December 4, 2020, will be enforced strictly.
The enforcement will be led by, apart from the Nigeria Police Force, youth groups in every community working in conjunction with the Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG), which has over the years made Anambra State exemplary in community policing throughout the country.
“All community leaders like Traditional Rulers and Presidents General of Town Unions are directed to ensure the success of the new measure to safeguard the life and property of every Anambra person. Indeed, every onye Anambra must ensure that the 2020 Christmas Season and the New Year are celebrated without any incidents, as has been the case in recent years in the state.