The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday, directed the lifting of the ban on motorcycles in the Sankera axis of the state.
According to a statementby his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, the lifting of the ban takes immediate effect.
Ortom had in March 2021 announced the ban on Toyota Corolla old model, known in the state as ‘duck yanch’, mostly used for transportation in the state, and motorcycles in the Sankera axis, Ukum and Katsina-Ala Logo Local Government Areas due to the activities of criminals.
According to the statement by Ikyur, the directive was in consonance with a court, which had set aside the order of the Benue State Security Council that banned the use of motorcycles in the Sankera axis of the state.
It read in part, “Ortom maintained that as a government that believes in the rule of law and due process, his administration was bound to revert its action.
“The action of the security council followed the continued use of the motorcycles by criminals and bandits in the area to wreak havoc on their communities which led to the destruction of the rural economy, social and political life of the area.”