Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has banned the sale of motorcycles in the state due to security concerns and the need for gunmen to deliver motorbikes instead of ransom money for hostages.
The Secretary to the Government of Niger State, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, said in a statement that the banned vehicles included Bajaj, Boxer, Qiujeng, Honda, ACE and Jingchen with engines up to 185cc.
The secretary to the state government also said that these measures were created to prevent militants from infiltrating the state.
Matane also said the state government was aware of the public outcry as a result of these measures but they were taken for the protection of the state where he called on motorcycle dealers to cooperate.
He also called on the people of the state to join hands with the government to put an end to the militant activities that have plagued the state.
Niger State is one of the northern states in Nigeria that has been overrun by militants.
This year, the militants carried out a series of atrocities, including kidnapping Kagara school students and Salihu Tanko Yakasai Islamist students.
They also kidnapped and killed many people and looted their property and livestock in various villages.
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