AKSG Rescinds Decision To Ban Okada


As the ultimatum given to commercial motorcyclists in Uyo by the governor to fish out all the criminals among them or get banned draws to a close, those of them who had started wearing long faces over the pending ban can now heave a sigh of relief as Chief Akpabio has succumbed to pressure to rescind the decision.
The reverse is with a condition that all “okada” riders must go back to their respective local governments and get registered after being duly identified by their village heads.
The conditions also stipulated that each commercial motorcyclists must carry identify card and wear a reflective jacket for easy identification.
To effect these conditions, a monitoring committee headed by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Engr. Bassey U. Bassey, has been inaugurated by the governor.
The committee has been given one week to complete its assignment and report back to the governor. It could be recalled that two weeks ago, two armed robbers who posed as commercial motorcyclists robbed a cousin of Governor Akpabio of a huge sum of money and in the process got the victim seriously wounded.
The victim is said to have been flown out for treatment due to seriousness of the wound.
The above incident is only a tip of the iceberg as there had been too many atrocities committed by these hoodlums using motorcycles as easy means of movement to escape arrest.
For example, a female youth corper, who arrived Uyo late and needed to be transported to NYSC camp located about 30 km from Uyo was lured by a group of criminals on motorcycles and taken to a hideout where she was raped to death.
There was another instance where two youth corpers were dispossessed of their nokia handsets by criminals who posed as ‘okada’ riders.
But luck ran out on them as security operatives arrived at the nick of time before they could escape with their loots.
It is this type of crime among others perpetrated by the “okada riders” that informed the decision by the governor to contemplate putting them off the roads.
Before now, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Eunice Thomas had run a jingle on the state radio, warning young girls not to accept to be taken through escape route to beat police check points as this can give way to being lured into a hideout.
To beat the 6.00 p.m. regulation time, commercial motorcyclists in Uyo have evolved the method of riding their bikes without the head lamp on in the night to escape arrest by police on patrol and this had caused no fewer than ten accidents resulting in the death of innocent passengers.