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Police, Commercial Motorbike, Keke Operators Clash In Onitsha Over Ban

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 3:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka – Awka  


Tension is high in Onitsha, Anambra state as Police and the commercial motorbikes operators clashed on Tuesday. It was gathered that the police impounded over 50 motorcycles but released them to their owners later.

The clash was fallout of the commencement of enforcement of the ban on commercial motorbikes/tricycles operators in some restricted roads in Anambra State.

At Awka, the operators had embarked on a protest by moving their motorcycles in and around the restricted areas along the expressway by Aroma, even as they refused to carry passengers.

The commercial motorcycle operators said the action of the police in trying to enforce the ban amounted to trying to stop them from means of having their daily bread.

As the Police impounded quite a number of the bikes, the owners regrouped with other members to retrieve the bikes from the police at Oguta Road, Onitsha although the police repelled them.

As the commercial motorcycle operators tried to forcefully retrieve their impounded bikes, the police responded by shooting into the air to scared them away.

The police team, led by the Central Divisional Police Office, DPO, Mr. Isa Abubakar, however, later released the impounded bikes and advised them to keep to the ban order.

Abubakar said the Tuesday’s exercise was to create awareness on the need not to ply on the restricted areas.

He added that three of the bikes earlier impounded would be handed over to ‘Taskforce on Willie is Working’, for necessary action.

It would be recalled that the state government had about two weeks ago banned tricycles/motorbikes from operating in some restricted roads in the state but had yet to affect the ban order until Tuesday when some Police divisions embarked on the enforcement.