By Muhammad Adam
Disturbed by the frequent activities of hoodlums in Adamawa Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri has signed an Executive Order banning the use of tricycles and motorcycles in three local government areas of the state.
The affected areas are Yola South, Yola North and Girei Local Government Areas and the ban is within the hours of 10 p.m to 5 a.m until further notice.
Fintiri gave the order in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, on Tuesday in Yola.
The statement read: ”Adamawa State Restriction of Movement of Tricycles/Motorcycles Executive Order No.1 of 2021 comes into effect on Tuesday Feb. 2, 2021 until further notice.
”They have become an extraordinary threat to the peace, wellbeing, security and stability of the state’s political and economic systems, as well as a negative effect on continuous development, and must therefore be effectively curtailed.
”Government will not leave any stone unturned towards protecting the lives and property of innocent citizens.”
Fintiri said government would not fold its arms and watch what he called unscrupulous elements threaten the peace and stability of the state describing the activities of such people as “unacceptable”.
He said that no responsible government would allow criminals to hijack the peace and stability of its state.
The governor assured all residents of Girei, Yola North and Yola South LGAs of life free from thuggery, robbery, theft, maiming and other criminal activities.
”The Executive Order prescribes a sentence of six months imprisonment with an option of N100,000 fine or both, in addition to forfeiting the tricycle or motorcycle to the government if found guilty of violation of the Order.
”The Order also states that any person found in a tricycle or on a motorcycle stationary or in motion, within the prohibited time whether as a rider or passenger shall be liable to prosecution.
”However, only those with genuine reasons, such as seeking for medical attention, providing care and assistance to the vulnerable or travelling for purpose of work classified as essential service are exempted, but must justify it as reasonable cause to the Law Enforcement Agencies and the Courts.
Fintiri directed the Police and other security agencies in the state to arrest and prosecute any person found contravening the order.