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Govt of Cross River Bans Okada in Calabar

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Govt of Cross River Bans Okada in Calabar

Govt of Cross River Bans Okada in Calabar

Cross River State administration bans commercial motorcycle (okadas) riders, from operating in the city of Calabar.

Emmanuel Ogbeche, the governor’s principal press secretary, said in a statement on Wednesday that the move is meant to build a safe and secure Cross River.

Anyone anyone violating the order will be prosecuted, Ogbeche stressed.

The statement read, “His Excellency Senator Prince Bassey Otu, after due consultation with key security chiefs in the state, has directed as follows: A total ban on the activities of all commercial motorcyclists within the Calabar metropolis,”

“Those willing to use their motorcycles to earn a decent living are restricted only to remote areas away from the city centre.

“Anyone caught going against this directive will have the motorcycle impounded and the offender prosecuted.”

In addition, the state government issued a warning to anyone breaking the law by damaging street lights, lampposts, or traffic signals, warning them that they will face punishment.

Commercial motorcycle operators are only allowed to operate outside of capital cities, according to other state governments.

In May 2022, the Lagos state government announced a “complete ban” on commercial motorcyclists in six local government areas in the state, including Ikeja, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa.

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