The Katsina Police Commissioner announced the ban.
Twenty four hours after gunmen on motorcycles killed three police officers in Katsina, the police have restricted the movement of motorcycles in the state.
The Katsina police on Tuesday banned motorcycles and tricycles called “Keke NAPEP” from operating in the state between 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to check activities of criminals.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Hurdi, disclosed this on Tuesday in Katsina at a news briefing.
Mr. Hurdi said that decision was reached at the State Security Council meeting, following the killing of three policemen on Monday in Gidan Mutum Daya, Kusada Local Government area by gunmen on motorcycles.
He said that the restriction was applicable to both private and commercial motorcycles in the state.
“Whosoever violates the order will face the wrath of the law.
“This restriction is aimed at preventing criminals from using motorcycles and tricycles to commit crimes,” he said.
Mr. Hurdi also said that policemen and soldiers would be deployed to all entries to the state to ‘conduct stop-and-search’ exercise to ensure security of lives and property.
He explained that the security at the state’s borders with Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger Republic would be improved.
According to him, the measure is to curtail criminals from entering the state and committing criminal acts.
The commissioner urged the members of the public to report any suspicious movement to the nearest security agency for prompt action.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported the killing of three policemen on Monday at about 10:00 a.m.by four men on two motorcycles. The police ban, however, only affects night operations.