5 July 2012

Nigeria: Police, Army Agree to Enforce Ban On Okada in Enugu

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The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Musa Daura, has said that the command would enforce the ban on the use of motorcycles in Enugu metropolis.

Daura spoke on Thursday in Enugu when the state House of Assembly Committee on Security paid him a visit.

The committee was there to inform him about the law banning the use of the motorcycles in Enugu metropolis and described it as " a collective responsibility for all."

He said: "as for the use of motorcycles by some law enforcement agents, we will handle the matter at our monthly inter-agency meeting".

In a similar visit, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Maj.-Gen. Olayinka Oshinowo, said that with the ban, the army would partner with the police to ensure strict enforcement of the law.

On some soldiers operating okada, Oshinowo said: "since it is now a law, anybody that violates it will be dealt with in accordance with the law. Nobody is above the law".

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Paul Ogbe (PDP-Enugu South Urban), had told the two security chiefs that he was in their offices to officially inform them about the law.

According to him, he is also there to stress the need for them to ensure its total enforcement.

He reminded them that the law stipulated a one year jail term without an option of fine for any offender on conviction.

Ogbe also urged the security chiefs to arrest and prosecute any private taxi cab that was not properly registered with the state Ministry of Transport.

He said it became necessary to avoid criminals hiding under that guise to commit crimes.

Meanwhile, the assembly has on Thursday during its plenary session deferred the bill on Enugu State Water Corporation Law Cap 76; revised laws of Enugu State 2004, amendment bill No 6, 2012.

The bill which was read for the first time was deferred to a later date.

Also, a motion on the construction of lavatory/conveniences in all the primary and secondary schools in the state sponsored by Chief Joseph Ugwumba (PDP-Enugu East Rural) and 16 others was stepped down to a later date. (NAN)

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