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Insecurity forces council to restrict Okada operations in Delta


In a bid to stem the rising cases of crime in Aniocha South Local Council, especially Ogwashi-Uku, the council chairman, Chief Isaac Anwuzia, has signed a bill meant to regulate the operations of commercial motorcycle, popularly called Okada into law.

The law christened: ‘A bye-law for the restriction of motorcycles in the Local Government Area’ has made it mandatory that no Okada rider should operate beyond 8p.m. each day, just as their commencement time of operation is 6a.m.

“By this law, it is now an offence for an Okada rider to operate beyond 8p.m. just as they are not allowed to commence their operation before 6a.m. ‘We therefore hope that this law will help to reduce the incidences of crime in our locality,” he said.


Shortly after the presentation of the bill, leader of the legislative arm, Joe Moldeme, said the bill was an executive bill from the office of the chairman meant to restrict the time in which Okada riders are expected to operate in the area.

“Okada riders are called to abide by the new law so that the incidences of crime could be reduced if not totally eliminated from our local government area,” he said.It would be recalled that in the recent times, cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and motorcycle snatching have become the order of the day in Ogwashi-Uku metropolis.

Available statistics show that three persons have been murdered in cold blood by armed robbers within a month. The last victim was Mrs. Franca Nwaeke, wife of a popular patent medicine dealer, Mikewyhte Nwaeke.

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