Following the incessant attacks on communities by bandits, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has placed a ban on motorcycle (Okada) operations in Gusau town. The Zamfara governor also ordered to shoot on sight any rider of motorcycles (Okada) seen on the road between 8 pm and 6 am. The governor gave this order to security operatives in case they find any motorcyclist flouting the Okada ban within Zamfara state capital. Matawalle revealed that the new measure taken by the Security Council was based on credible reports received. He explained that bandits and other criminals are reportedly using motorbikes to carry out their nefarious activities in the state.
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State
This latest update was confirmed by Governor Matawalle in a state broadcast on Tuesday 16th of August 2022. According to his statement, the recent activities of bandits and other related gangs at the outskirts of Zamfara state capital has made it illegal to ride bikes from 8pm to 6am in those affected areas like Gada Biyu, Janyau East, Mareri, Tsauni, Damba, Samaru, Barakallahu and Tsunami.
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Many bandits are known for perpetuating their evil plans within Zamfara state while riding on motorbikes
Zamfara Security agents are now aware of the new Okada ban and have been directed by the governor to shoot motorcyclists that ride on the outskirts of Gusau around prohibited hours. This also applies directly to those who might refuse to stop their bikes when security personnel orders them to do so. The governor has urged the general public to stay vigilant in their communities and inform security agencies of any strange movement or suspicious persons in their respective localities. He made it loud and clear that the state will deal seriously with anyone found threatening the peace and security of the people of Zamfara State.