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Benue State Bans Motorcycle, Illegal Revenue Points

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The Benue State Security Council, on Tuesday, announced ban of the use of motorcycle and illegal revenue check points in parts of Sankera area in the state.

Daily Trust reports that Sankera axis consist of three Local Government Areas – Kastina-Ala, Ukum and Logo – where gunmen continued to kill people, the latest being eight persons including three police men hacked to death in two separate incidents.

A statement issued by Permanent Secretary in the Bureau of Internal Affairs and Special Services, Uyina Matthew, indicated that the decision was taken after having considered the security situation in Katsina-Ala and other parts of Sankera area of the state.

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“The use of motorcycles is hereby banned in Katsina-Ala and Ukum Local Government Areas, till further notice.

“The use of tricycles also known as Keke and other means of transportation apart from motorcycles will be allowed in the two local government areas.

“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 local government area,” the statement added.

The statement instructed all staff of the Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) to wear customized jackets and identity cards while security agents are mandated to dismantle all illegal revenue collection points and makeshift shops.

In the same vein, it indicated that loitering at Katsina-Ala head bridge is prohibited while loading and offloading of vehicles at Takum Junction and Katsina-Ala head bridge has also been prohibited.

The statement further urged law abiding residents of the affected areas to go about with their normal activities without fear.

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