NBA wants ban on use of motorcycles reversed

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The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA), Makurdi Branch, Justin Gbagir Esq, has called on the Benue State Security Council as a matter of urgency to reverse the ban on the use of motorcycles in Ukum and Katsina Ala Local Government Areas in Benue State.


Following the brutal killings of three (3) policemen at the residence of council chairman in Katsina Ala town in Katsina Ala and Ukum Local Government Areas, the Security Council placed a ban on motorcycles transport and operation in the two local government areas.

But one week after the ban, there was public outcry over the destruction of motorcycles impounded by security agents posted to enforce the order.

Addressing journalists in his office in Makurdi , Barrister Gbagir noted that motorcycles are the commonest and affordable means of transportation in communities like Ukum, Logo and Katsina Ala and the ban has brought untold hardship on commuters and farmers.

The NBA chairman stated that these communities are predominantly farmers and rely heavily on the use of motorcycles as a means of transportation to access their farms.

“The inability of government to provide white- collar jobs for the unemployed youths, commercial motorcycles has become a refuge for said youths. ”

He said: “Some of the youths obtained their motorcycles through long term  savings and hired purchase, so to ban the use of motorcycles will bring untold hardship to the youths and criminal activities would  spring up more in Sankera geo political zone, ” Gbagir stated.

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