The Bauchi state police command has barred commercial motorcycle operators, otherwise known as okada riders, from carrying two passengers at a time in the state as the rate of robbery attacks increase in the state.
Police Public Relations Officer ASP Mohammed Auyo said in a statement in Bauchi that the measure became imperative in order to curb the new strategy adopted by criminals in the state, pointing out that hoodlums usually used motorcycles with no number plates to commit atrocities.
Auyo who said that the command was worried over the incessant wave of crimes in the state, said it had taken all necessary precautions to stamp out such activities.
The command warned that anybody found carrying more than one passenger had violated the traffic regulations and will be dealt with accordingly.
“The command will soon embark on enforcement of the relevant provision of traffic laws on motor cyclists in the state and enforce drastic measures in ensuring that those guilty are arrested and prosecuted accordingly. By this directive, the general public are advised to be on look-out and avail the police with relevant information on any suspicious situation to the nearest police station,” the statement read in part.