The Nigerian Army, in an effort to weaken the operation of bandits and kidnappers in the North, has released a statement where it reiterated that the use of motorcycles Okada remain banned within the forest areas of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger States. This move according to the Nigerian Army, was inform by a reliable intelligence report that these bandits and kidnappers use these Okada to perpetrate their heinous crimes in the North-West geopolitical zone of the country.
In a statement released on Sunday evening by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, titled: ENFORCEMENT OF BAN ON THE USE OF MOTORCYCLES IN EX HARBIN KUNAMA AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY, spoke about their readiness to step up operations and wipe out these bandits, stating that:
“The Nigerian Army (NA) over time has observed the use of motorcycles, Okada by armed bandits, kidnappers, criminal elements and their collaborators as enablers to perpetrate their heinous crimes especially in the states within the north west geopolitical zone of the country. This informed the decision and directive to ban the use of motorcycles within the hinterland particularly around the Forests where the armed bandits, criminals and kidnappers hibernate and all around where troops are conducting operations alongside other security agencies.
“While this may cause some inconveniences to some law abiding citizens in the area, the need to use all means possible to stop the dastardly activities of these bandits across the North West part of Nigeria needs no emphasis. The general public, particularly in the North West and some parts of North Central in Nigeria where Ex HARBIN KUNAMA is ongoing are enjoined to bear with the NA as concerted efforts are being made to combat the insecurity menace ongoing within the area.
In this wise, it is hereby reiterated that the use of motorcycles (Okada) remain banned within the forest areas in KANO, KATSINA, ZAMFARA, SOKOTO, KADUNA, KEBBI and NIGER States. Anyone caught using motorcycles within the named areas will be taken for an armed bandit, criminal and kidnapper with dire consequences. The respective State Governments are enjoined to please disseminate the ban on the use of motorcycles in the named areas and enforce the ban in conjunction with the Security Agencies. SAGIR MUSA Colonel Acting Director Army Public Relations 5 May 2019″