Banditry: Army bans motorcycles in Zamfara, Kano, Katsina, Niger, others

The Nigerian Army has banned the use of motorcycles within the hinterland and forests of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger states, saying it observed the use of motorcycles by bandits, kidnappers, criminal elements and their collaborators to perpetrate crimes.

The army observed that while the ban would cause some inconveniences to residents, it was needful to tackle banditry and killings in the North-West region, adding that anyone caught using motorcycles within the named areas would be taken for a bandit.

The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said, “The army has over time observed the use of motorcycles by bandits, kidnappers, criminal elements and their collaborators as enablers to perpetrate their crimes, especially in the states within the North-West region.

“This informed the directive to ban the use of motorcycles within the hinterland, particularly around the forests where the bandits, criminals and kidnappers hibernate and all around where troops are conducting operations alongside other security agencies.

 

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