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Delta Govt Bans Okada, Scraps Metal Scavenging in Asaba




By Miracle Esegha


The Delta State Government has announced a ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) and scrap metal scavenging (iron condemn) in the state capital territory, effective immediately. The ban, which was announced by Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu, on Thursday, aims to address the rising crime rate and vandalism in the area.


According to Dr. Emu, the ban on Okada is a response to the increasing number of crimes committed using motorcycles, including armed robbery, kidnapping, and rape. The ban would be enforced strictly from June 1, 2024, with offenders facing confiscation and destruction of their motorcycles, fines, and possible jail terms.


The ban on scrap metal scavenging, which had been linked to vandalism of public facilities and private properties, will also take effect immediately. Scavengers have been given until May 31, 2024, to wind down their activities, after which enforcement will begin.


Dr. Emu emphasized that the ban is not targeted at any particular tribe, but rather aimed at ensuring peace and security in the state capital territory. The government will mount a sensitization campaign to inform the public of the new regulations, which will be enforced by security agencies.


The ban on Okada will be enforced in all areas of the Delta State capital territory, including Ethiope East, Ika North East, Oshimili North and South, Sapele, Uvwie, and Warri South Local Government Areas. The government had warned that all seized motorcycles would be publicly crushed, and offenders will face severe sanctions.