Ortom Imposes Curfew On Motorcyclists As One Dies In Makurdi Violence

The Benue State Government has imposed a 6 pm to 6 am curfew on commercial motorcyclists after violence erupted in the state capital, Makurdi, on Saturday.

Governor Samuel Ortom who announced the decision after a security council meeting told journalists that the violence between indigenes and some non-indigenes, followed the killing of one person on Friday.

In the course of burying the dead, some aggrieved youths, however, went on a rampage destroying property and creating panic.

The violence prompted the emergency meeting of security council meeting and the decision to restrict the operation of commercial motorcycle operators.

Ahead of the meeting, the governor issued a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, appealing to residents of the state to remain calm and report any breach of peace to security agencies.

This comes two days after the state government held a mass burial for 73 indigenes of the state who were murdered by suspected herdsmen.

The governor, while appealing for calm, told residents that the state has suffered too much loss in terms of human life and property and could not afford another round of crisis.

He condemned the protest and violence in Makurdi and directed the police to arrest those who cause trouble whoever they are, investigate the causes of the protests, and prosecute those responsible for breach of the peace.

Also, the governor assured the people that efforts would be intensified with the collaboration of the relevant security agencies to restore peace and order to all parts of the state.

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.