The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello has banned the sale of motorcycles in the State.
According to the secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, in a statement issued in Minna on Saturday that the ban is a result of incessant security challenges in some parts of the State.
He stated that the ban was also informed by the fact that bandits and kidnappers now demand motorcycles as ransom.
The ban covered the sale of ‘’any motorcycle(Bajaj, Boxer, Quijeng, Honda ACE, Jingchen) with engine capacity from 185 cubic centimeters(cc) and above’’.
He condemned the degree of carnage and pandemonium bandits and kidnappers had caused, in parts of the State and reiterated its continued determination to rid the State of security threats.
Matane said the government was aware of the inconvenience the measure would cause the people, but the decision was taken in the overall interest of the State.
He appealed to dealers of motorcycles in the State to comply with the directive.
Matane reaffirmed that commercial motorcycling and operation are illegal and the parks remained banned in Minna and its environments.