Insecurity: Ortom restricts Okada operation in Benue
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has directed motorcycle owners to operate between 6:00a.m.and 8:00p.m. in 23 Local Councils of the state as part of measures to curb insecurity.
Ortom, who disclosed this yesterday, while briefing newsmen after an emergency Security Council meeting in Makurdi, explained that the restriction of motorcycle operations became necessary owing to increasing levels of criminality.
He stressed that the major means of transportation for the criminal elements was motorcycles.
According to him, the ban on the use of motorcycles in Sankera, which covered three local councils, namely: Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum, which was in force since 2021 remains in force.
He said: “The state government will soon initiate a bill to allow it to seize and burn motorcycles of violators of the directive.
“Those that will respect the directive will respect themselves and will not have issues with security agencies because they will be going after only violators.
“Henceforth, all articulated vehicles passing through the state must be thoroughly searched by security agencies and if it is late they will have to wait until the day will break before they will be allowed to proceed on their journey.
“Miners come from Abuja without informing the state government of their mission in the state and they commence operation.
“But the Land Use Act has vested ownership of land in the state government and the state should be in the know of all activities taking place within its jurisdiction.
“We want everything to be done in line with the laws of our land. As such we will set up a standard procedure for mining in the state.”
He said that the people, who were saying that he and Benue people were in support or conceded to the Water Resource Bill, concocted the lie from the pit of hell.”
“We have condemned it before and will still condemn it. Even if other states accept it, Benue will not.
“We completely oppose it and those that concocted the lies against the state should apologise,” he added.