Jos streets empty as govt enforces Okada ban




The ban on commercial motorcyclists began to take its toll on socio-economic activities in Jos on Tuesday, following renewed efforts by police and the army to ensure total compliance with the order.

The development came after suspected Fulani herdsmen killed two persons in a Monday night raid in Chakarun, Jos South.

Our correspondent reported that many residents, including pupils, stayed at home while some shops opened late for fear that the ban on Okada might attract resistance.

Their fears were propelled by the fact that efforts by the government to enforce the law in the past had failed.

The ban has been resisted by the Muslim community, which also filed a suit against the law.

Policemen and soldiers patrolled the streets to apprehend offenders and to enforce the ban.

They were complemented by the Federal Road Safety Commission, civil defence corps and vehicle inspectors.

State Police Commissioner, Emmanuel Ayeni, said the ban was to secure lives and property.

He said, “We are ready to enforce the ban to the letter and we will not tolerate anybody who defies the ban. The law is clear on what happens to any offender. We only want to appeal to them to cooperate.”

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the suspected Fulani herdsmen ambushed the villagers, who were returning from a market, and shot one death on the spot while the other gave up at Vom Christian Hospital in Jos South Local Government Area.







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