By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The clamp down on unregistered motorcycles and other sundry offences such as operating at outlawed hours in Niger State has caught up with no fewer than two hundred recalcitrant motorcyclists in parts of Niger State, the Police has said.
The Police said following increase in crimes committed by criminally minded motorcycles riders, the state government ordered that all motorcycles owners must have their vehicles registered while commercial motorcyclists were barred from night commuter shuttles services.
The clamp down on motorcycles operating in the state to stop movements from 9:00pm to 6:00am was aimed at checkmating criminalities in the state following intelligence report at the disposal of security agencies in the state.
The state Police Command said after the expiration of the ultimatum given to all owners of, and motorcycles operators to register their motorcycles and stop operating at nights, over 200 defaulters were arrested and prosecuted to courts and fines charged.
The Police however warned against fake news capable of heightening fears and apprehension about the influx of strange persons in parts of the state who are armed bandits camouflaging as commercial motorcyclists.
A statement from the Police denounced the fear-inciting news post on social media platform that there were mass influx of commercial motorcyclists who were dislodged from some neighbouring states.
The statement signed by the spokesman of the state’s Police Command, Mohammed Dan-Inna Abubakar, a Deputy Supretindent of Police, (DSP) disclosed that the Command had since mobilized special forces to border communities across the state to check the possible infiltration of armed bandits into the state.
He therefore cautioned against circulating fake information about unfounded security breaches as this could amounts to undermining efforts by the Police at ensuring safety of lives and property of citizens.