By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State Government has banned motorcycle (Okada) operations over the increasing spike in crime rate.
The government expressed concern that criminals were using Okada to commit crimes in the state, stressing that security reports at the disposal of the government are considered signs deserving serious attention.
Specifically, in the last days, the State Government said it has witnessed an unimaginable upsurge in robbery, kidnapping, and in some cases, the murder of kidnapped victims.
A statement made available to newsmen in Akure by the Information Commissioner Donald Ojogo said the government, therefore urged all security agencies to come out and confront this abhorrent development.
According to the statement, “Every necessary support in terms of both human and logistics aids shall be provided to ensure the safety of residents within the state.
“As a Government, one major responsibility is the provision of security as well as protection of lives and property. In this regard, measures aimed at achieving such goals are the least Government can enunciate.
“Consequently, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN has directed with immediate effect as follows: i. That all commercial motorcycle operators, otherwise known as Okada, are to, henceforth, operate within the hours of 6 am and 6 pm. In other words, none in this category shall operate beyond 6 pm in the evening. Anyone found flouting this directive shall have his motorcycle impounded.
“ii. That all vehicles with unauthorized tinted glasses are hereby banned from plying the roads. Every of such vehicle without a duly certified permit issued by a relevant security agency shall be impounded.
“Finally, it is pertinent to reiterate that security enhancement and the war against insecurity are everybody’s responsibility. While the Government and the security agencies play their parts, it is expected that the citizens also support by way of collaborating with the relevant agencies of Government.
“In this regard, residents of the State are urged to provide useful information about crime, criminal elements, and activities in their immediate environment.”