Insecurity: In Nigeria: Find Out The Seven States Army Banned Motorcycles
Army chief Tukur Buratai and some army commanders (file image)

The Nigerian Army has banned the use of motorcycles in some north-western states of the federation, due to the spate of kidnapping and banditry.

Concise News reports that the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.

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Col. Sagir says the affected states are Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara and Niger.

Giving the reason for the ban, Musa noted that “armed bandits, criminals and kidnappers hibernate and all around where troops are conducting operations alongside other security agencies.”

The Army spokesman warned that “anyone caught using motorcycles within the named areas will be taken for an armed bandit, criminal and kidnapper with dire consequences.”

Furthermore, appealing for the cooperation of the general public, Col. Sagir said the directive would curtail the dastard activities of the bandits from operating across the affected region.

Also, Col. Sagir reiterated the military’s commitment in securing lives and properties of the citizenry, calling on the respective State Governments that they “are enjoined to please disseminate the ban on the use of motorcycles in the named areas and enforce the ban in conjunction with the security agencies.”

The development follows ongoing military operations in the affected states codenamed “Exercise Harbin Kunama” aimed at combating security challenges in the area.