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Insecurity: Gov Umahi bans night Okada in Ebonyi

Ruth oginyi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Monday banned the activities of motorbikes popularly known as Okada from 7 pm to 6 a.m in Ebonyi State.

The governor said the decision to ban Okada movement is taken in an effort to secure lives and properties of residents of Ebonyi state as hoodlums use okada to perpetrate their nefarious activities in different parts of the state.

Umahi made this known during Citizens’ input and Consultation for the 2023 Budget estimation and Nigeria 2023 Pollution and Housing Census in the State.

He also banned any form of Political Rallies in all Primary and Secondary Schools across the state from 1st November 2022.

Umahi said all political rallies including the All Progressive Congress must get approval from the Commissioner of Education before such rallies will hold.

According to him, the ban is sequel to the defacing and destruction of facilities at the schools with faeces and other dearth during such rallies.

His words: “The Attorney-General will come up with executive order banning motorcycles in every part of the State from 7pm to 6am. If you want to use it, use it before 7pm. We have to do everything to secure your lives.

“When we take hard decisions it is because we have to take it. The primary responsibility of government is to secure lives and property, so you must make sacrifices to do it.

“From Nov 1, no rallies in schools whether primary schools or secondary schools. If you must hold rallies there, you must apply to Commissioner for Education and he must give you permission because when you do rallies in these places and mess it up with feces and other dearths who will clean it.

“So if you apply, you must put down money for the cleaning after the rally irrespective of the party”, he said.

The governor said those calling for a ban on Ebubeagu are wasting their time adding that the outfit has come to stay.

He said the group is filling the gap caused by inadequate manpower in the security agencies in the State.

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