4 August 2012

Nigeria: Ban on Okada - Operators Besiege, Vandalise Governor Aid's Home

Scores of commercial motorcyclists on Friday in Ilorin staged a protest against the decision of the government to restrict their operations.

The commercial motorcyclists, who were apparently reacting to the decision of the state government to restrict their operation to some selected streets in the state capital, besieged the residence of Alhaji Usman Bibire Ajape, the Special Adviser on Transport and Utilities to Gov. AbdulFatah Ahmed.

The protesters, who were chanting various songs to express their displeasure over the decision also made bonfires with disused tyres within the residence.

The motorcyclists reportedly damaged the security post at the residence, broke some security lights at the gate and the fence as well as vandalised some other valuables.

In an interview with NAN shortly after the attack, the special adviser said there was no going back on the order.

Ajape said the measure to restrict their operation in the state capital was to ensure the safety of lives and property of innocent citizens.

He said the action of the commercial motorcyclists would not change the decision of the government and appealed to operators of commercial motorcyclists to cooperate with the State Government in its efforts to create a conducive atmosphere for the residents of the state. (NAN)

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