As part of measures to contain the messy security situation in Adamawa, the state Government has banned the operations of commercial motorcycles in seven Local Government areas.
A statement by Phineas Elisha, the Director Press and Public Affairs to Governor Bala Ngilari, urged the public and security operatives to ensure compliance.
The affected local governments are Hong, Gombi, Song, Girei, Numan, Demsa and Fufore.
In a swift reaction to the development, many people have condemned the action saying it would caused further hardship to the people.
“Many people running away from the insurgency in the affected local government areas particularly Hong, Gombi and Song rely on motorcycle due to shortage of vehicles.
“What do you expect such stranded people to do? I think government should reconsider this ban particularly at this critical moment,” a resident, Bulus Yusuf, said.
Another resident, Jummai Musa, on her part pointed out that the banning of motorcycle because of insecurity could not be a solution to the problem
“Simply because Boko Haram are using motorcycles should not be an excuse to ban motorcycles as they are also using vehicles.
“If you look at Mubi for instance, there was a ban on motorcycles for the past one year but the insurgents still enter Mubi in daylight.
“We are suffering and any sensible government should not add to our sufferings”, Ms. Musa said.
Meanwhile, Yola has continued to remain calm with business activities going on while Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) continue to troop in from Mubi and other neigbouring local governments.
The capital city is now full of motor and human traffic while food and cold water vendors make brisk business as IDPs rush for food and ice water to cool down on arrival.