By Barnabas Augustine
Following the recent criminal activities parpetrated by some criminals elements in some communities in the Local Government Areas of Yola South and Girei, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has issue an Executive Order banning the use of Motorcycles in the affected communities.
The affected towns and communities include Mbamba, Yolde Pate and Ngurore communities of Yola South Local Government as well as Viniklang and Federal Housing Estate in Girei Local Government area.
In a press statement signed by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri's Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, said the order is from 5:00pm to 5:00am henceforth and the Order to be cited as “Adamawa State Restriction of Movement of Motorcycles Executive Order No.1 of 2022 comes into effect on Tuesday 8th February, 2022 until further notice.
The statement said the Order further reinforces Executive Order 1 of 2021 which categorises areas specifically mentioned in the Order.
The statement further explained that the development is a direct response to the growing activities of criminals that are disrupting the peace of the State.
The stements reads in parts:
"While describing the activities of such miscreants as unacceptable, "Governor Fintiri said “They have become a threat to the peace, wellbeing, security and stability of the State's Political and Economic Systems, as well as their effect on continous development which must be effectively curtailed.
"He said no responsible government will allow criminals to threaten the peace of the State, but must ensure that all residents of Girei and Yola South Local Government Areas live free from thuggery, robbery, theft, maiming, kidnapping and other criminal activities.
"The Executive Order prescribes a penalty of Six Months imprisonment with an option of One Hundred Thousand Naira fine or both, in addition to forfeiting the Motorcycle to the Government if found guilty for violation of the Order.
"The Order also states that any person found on a Motorcycle stationary or in motion, within the prohibited time whether as a rider or passenger shall be liable to prosecution.
"However, only those with genuine reasons, such as seeking Medical attention, providing care and assistance to the Vulnerable or travelling for purpose of work classified as essential service are exempted, but must justify it as reasonable cause to the Law Enforcement Agencies and the Courts".
The Police and other Security Agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute any person found contravening this Executive Order.
Press Secretary to the Governor