The police took the action to check crime in the Ebonyi capital.
The Ebonyi Police Command has banned the use 125-horse power motorcycles for commercial operations in Abakaliki.
The model is the predominant one in use in the town and other parts of the state.
In a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Sylvester Igbo, the command said the decision was taken after due consultations between the force and relevant stakeholders in the state.
“This is to check the new tactics employed by armed robbers who disguised as motorcyclists to rob innocent citizens.
“The ‘Ladies’ model is now the approved model of commercial motorcycle in the town,’’ Mr. Igbo said.
According to him, the motorcycles should be painted in Ebonyi colours, specifically on the fuel tank and the two flash sides.
“The motorcycles must bear the operators’ union identification number boldly written on the tank and two flash sides.
“The riders shall wear jackets bearing their identification number boldly written on the right arm in front and at the back of the jacket,” he said.
The spokesman noted that all motorcyclists in the state would be registered with the union while non-registered persons would not be authorised to operate.
“No motorcyclist will be allowed to carry more than one person at a time while security personnel wishing to operate as commercial motorcyclists should register with the union.
“They should comply with the above directives to avoid embarrassment, as violators will be visited with the provisions of the law.”
The state government on Wednesday authorised a law which stipulates three months imprisonment or N20, 000 option of fine for motorcyclists who ply dual-carriage roads in Abakaliki.
Chike Onwe, the state’s Commissioner for Information, said he had not seen the police statement but that it might be a temporary measure by the security agencies.
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