The Benue State Government has banned the use of motorcycles and the erection of illegal revenue checkpoints in Katsina-Ala and Ukum Local Government Areas (LGAs) with immediate effect.
Mr Matthew Uyina, the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of Internal Affairs and Special Services, who announced this in a statement on Monday in Makurdi, said that the decision was taken by the Benue State Security Council.
He said that the security council took the decision after reviewing the security situation in Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo LGAs.
He said that the council resolved to ban the use of motorcycles, operations of illegal revenue checkpoints in the two local governments for security reasons.
He said that the council, however, allowed the use of commercial tricycles and other means of transportation within the areas.
“The use of motorcycles is, hereby, banned in Katsina-Ala and Ukum Local Government Areas till further notice.
“Security operatives have been mandated to arrest defaulters and impound their motorcycles.
“Aside the revenue collection point at the head bridge in Katsina-Ala, no other revenue point is allowed within the two local government areas,” he said.
He said that all the staff of the Board of Internal Revenue Service had also been directed to always wear customised jackets and identity cards while on duty.
“Security agents are mandated to dismantle all illegal revenue collection points and makeshift shops. In the same vein, loitering at Katsina-Ala head bridge is prohibited.
“Loading and offloading of vehicles at Takum Junction and Katsina-Ala head bridge have also been prohibited,” he said.
He, however, advised all law-abiding residents of the affected areas to go about their normal activities without fear.
Agency reports indicate that since the killing of Terwase Akwaza (a.k.a Gana) by soldiers about three months ago, suspected members of Akwaza’s gang have been on the rampage, allegedly fomenting trouble and killing innocent people in some parts of the state.