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The Commissioner of police in Kano State, Samaila Shiabu Dikko, has revealed that security agencies in the state were in receipt of intelligence reports of a plot by bandits to invade the state using tricycles.
He spoke during an interview with journalists while parading suspects and their exhibits at the Police headquarters of the Command.
‘We have intelligence and we have succeeded in arresting some suspected bandits and we have made a lot of recovery of explosives. Based on that, we had additional intelligence that these bandits are aiming at Kano and they are going to capitalize on using these tricycles to make sure they achieve their aims since vehicles are now undergoing thorough search in the state,’ he said while shedding light on ban on tricycles operation beyond 10pm.
Dikko added that the police were prepared to strictly implement the new policy while warning commercial tricycle operators to abide by the new directive
The Kano State government had earlier announced the new policy barring commercial motorcycles from operating beyond 10. pm.
A statement by Mohammed Garba, said the tricycle policy, which takes effect from last night was arrived at at the state security council meeting as part of measures to strengthen the security of the state. He charged the operators to comply with the directive, failure of which would lead to their arrest.
Meanwhile, the National Security Council on Thursday announced that it was presently considering a nationwide ban on motorcycles and mining activities in the country as part of its strategy to curb terrorist activities, checkmate loopholes, as well as cut off their sources of funding.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that this was the outcome of the meeting that President Muhammadu Buhari presided over at the Abuja State House.
Abubakar Malami told state house reporters that investigations are still ongoing, particularly to determine the connection between mining and motorcycles, which they suspect is funding the supply of weapons to the terrorists, after the meeting presided over by the President, the Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice.