Mixed Reactions Trail Suspension Of Motorcyclists In Akure

motorcyclistsSome residents of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State,  have expressed displeasure with the suspension of the operation of commercial motorcyclists in the major roads in the city.

It was difficult for some of them to get to their places of work on Monday, as they had to trek long distances.

The State Government had last Friday, given the directive as a result of a protest by the motorcyclists over an order from the officials of the State Ministry of Transport to purchase the red number plates meant for commercial vehicles for their motorcycles.

They, however, refused the order, insisting they already had the blue colour number plates, which were paid for.

During the protest, the motorcyclists in anger, damaged some government properties including some bus stops and ornamental trees planted along some major highways in the city.

In annoyance to the act of vandalism, the State Government ordered the suspension of their activities in the city.

Government officials, other workers as well as traders, who depended on motorcycles otherwise called ‘Okada’ to transport themselves, had to trek as the few taxis were not enough to transport them to their destinations.

The State Chairman of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycles Riders Association of Nigeria, Obabi Jimoh, said that all members of the association in Akure, had complied with the government’s directive, pleading with the government for mercy.

Commercial Motorcycle Riders Clash In Abeokuta, 25 Arrested

Two factions of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association Of Nigeria, ACOMORAN, have clashed at the premises of the federal high court in Abeokuta.

The crisis was said to have started when a former secretary of the association who is being investigated for alleged embezzlement, mobilized thugs from Ibadan and Igbo-ora areas of Oyo state to unleash terror on a faction led by the South West chairman of the association, Mr Samsondeen Apelogun on the premises of the court.

In the commotion that ensued, 25 members of the association were arrested by the Ogun state police command for disrupting public peace and order.

According to reports, the clash which could have resulted in a serious breakdown of law and order was averted by the combined men of the Nigeria Police, Department Of State Security, DSS, and men of the Nigerian Army.