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Ortom imposes restriction on commercial motorcycles

The Benue State Security Council has restricted the operations of motorcycles in the state from 6 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock in the evening. The government says it made the decision in view of the heightened security threat across the country.

The state security council decided on the move on Wednesday at an emergency meeting presided by Governor Samuel Ortom at Benue People’s House, Makurdi.

Governor Ortom explained that the earlier outright ban on the use of motorcycles in Sankera zone, comprising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum, still subsists.

The Governor said security personnel in the state have been mandated to enforce the new regulations, warning that stiff penalty, such as arrest and prosecution, awaits anyone found flouting the order.

He hinted that five hundred personnel of Community Volunteer Guards recruited from the 23 Local Government areas to complement conventional security have been trained and kitted with additional 500 personnel, who are expected to be trained next week.

Governor Ortom also announced that the security council approved a committee, headed by the SSG, Professor Tony Ijohor, to work towards regulating the activities of miners which, according to him, have been causing environmental hazards.

The committee has as members the commissioner for lands and solid minerals, Bernard Unenge; Justice, Micheal Gusah; Adviser on Mining, Andrew Kputu, and the chairmen and second-class chiefs of Gboko, Kwande and Logo.

Those who attended the meeting include: the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse and other traditional leaders, representatives of Conventional Security agencies, a representative of the livestock Guards and local Government chairmen.

Reporting by Terna Injua; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor