Oshiomhole bans motorcycles, tricycles from Edo cities

The Edo government on Sunday threatened to destroy commercial motorcycles or tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP, that flouted the orders on their use.

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, in a state broadcast, banned the use of motorcycles and tricycles in  major streets in five local government areas of the state.

The governor said the decision was painful but that it was in the overall security interest of the state adding that the ban took effect from midnight on Sunday.

The affected local councils are Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba-Okha including Aduwawa in Uhnmwode and Ekosodin in Ovia North East.

Mr. Oshiomhole also barred private owners of motorcycles from using them within those areas.

The governor appealed to the residents to comply with the directives as security agencies had been mobilised to enforce the ban.

Mr. Oshiomhole said he had discussed alternative means of livelihood with the commercial motorcyclists but warned that the measures were for those in the state only.

According to him, the government does not want to make anyone to suffer but is determined to enforce the ban.

“I advise all bike riders to comply and keep off the road. Should any bike rider flout this order, he will be dealt with ruthlessly. The bike will be confiscated and destroyed.

“In the interest of our collective security, I ask you to appreciate that this is a sacrifice that you have to make. Everyone must make sacrifice and be security conscious.

“We are currently facing security challenges across the country and the progress made in some parts of the country has its own challenges in other parts of the country.

“There will be time this issue will be resolved and everyone will be happy. Do not doubt our will to enforce this decision.

“Motorcycles will be destroyed on my orders. Keep out of the roads in the stated areas.

“I care about your welfare but we are not about to replace motor bike with Keke NAPEP. Please stay out of trouble.

“It is not my wish to visit hardship on anyone. It is my duty to provide security for the people of the state. Please respect this order,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.


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  • Edwin E. Ojo

    Mr. Governor, this is the same motorcycles riders that supported your struggles for power in 2007 till 2008, let me quickly reminds you Mr. Governor, that banning the motorcycles riders from the road without ur administration creating jobs shows that u are a visionless governor, again let me put it this way why banning the motorcycles in edo speaking areas calls for questioning, knowing fully well that it is the only mist of livelihood for the youth in the affected areas, or banned it in all the local governments areas of the state.

    • domnze

      Edo state is about the last state to ban this security risk. Check all the states where bikes have been banned robbery, hand bag snatching and assassination have reduced considerably not to talk about avoidable accidents. Those who think that it is their only means of livelihood should check the history of this country. Bikes were never a means of public transportation. Young men and women should learn different trades, tailoring, cabinet making, welding, vehicle repairing, tiling, building and so on. These are honourable trades that guarantee god living and ensure safety of people.

  • Ndidi

    Good! These riders are too deadly. If they want to commit suicide that is their business, but they are a terror to pedestrians and their passengers whose lives are constantly at risk by their irresponsible riding.