Anambra State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has banned motorcycle riders known as Okada, tricycle riders also known as Keke and Shuttle Bus drivers from operating entirely through out the day on Mondays in Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Aguata and five other local government areas in the state until the sit-at-home observed in the state every Monday ends.
Governor Soludo gave the order today while announcing new security strategies deployed to fight against Unknown Gunmen he described as Igbo people from other Southeast states terrorizing Anambra State.
Governor Soludo said the enforcement for the declaration of curfew and ban on Okada, Keke and Shuttle Bus will commerce from Thursday, May 26, 2022.
“With effect from tomorrow, (Thursday), 26th May, 2022, a 6pm to 6am curfew is hereby placed on motorcycles (okada), tricycles (keke), and shuttle buses in Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South Local Governments until further notice.
“Until further notice also, motorcycles, keke and shuttle buses are banned from operating in these local governments on Mondays until the Sit-at-Home completely stops.
“The youths of every community in the zone are hereby enjoined to assist the security agencies in the implementation of this policy and are mandated to seize any such motorcycle or tricycle on the spot.
“Local Vigilantes should report such motorcycles or tricycles (keke) immediately, and they will be confiscated by government and the owner prosecuted.
“The Okada, Keke, and shuttle bus union leaders must take responsibility to report their members who are involved in criminal activities.
“We shall review this after two weeks, and if members of these unions continue to be involved in criminal activities, the government will have no choice but to either disband the Unions and/or ban them out rightly in the state”, Governor Soludo said.
It would be recalled the every Monday sit-at-home observed in the state and other Southeast states started on August 9, 2021 as part of protest demanding the unconditional release of the detained Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was rearrested in Kenya earlier in June last year.