Effective from Sunday, 14 February, 2016, the Rivers state government says commercial motorcyclists (okada riders) are barred from operating between 5pm and 8am. According to the governor, Nyesom Wike, the directive has become necessary due to the rising cases of crime and cult clashes perpetrated by users of motorcycles.
The ban affects only four local government areas namely Abua/Odual, Ahoada East, Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema /Ndoni.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, said that the ban on the operation of ‘Okada’ in these local government areas is indefinite and that security agencies have been directed to enforce it.
”The governor regrets any inconveniences the ban will cause residents, businesses and commercial motorcyclists in these local government areas,” the statement said.
Gov Wike called on all stakeholders in the affected local government areas to cooperate with the state government and security agencies to improve the security situation in their communities.
There have been robbery attacks, cult clashes resulting in a number casualties in the aforementioned local government areas. At least 15 persons have been killed in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area alone this year.