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Otti Declares Ban On Okada In Umuahia, Aba

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Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has directed an immediate ban on the operations of commercial motorcyclists, otherwise known as Okada, within Umuahia and Aba metropolises.

In a statement signed by Kazie Uko, his Chief Press Secretary, which was made available to The Eastern Updates on Monday morning, Otti ordered that effective Monday, August 14, 2023, any motorcycle seen on the streets of Umuahia and Aba townships being used for such a purpose will be impounded by the security agencies.

He directed security agencies in the two cities to arrest anyone caught violating the order for possible prosecution.

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Though no reason was offered in the statement for the ban on okada use, some sources said it was part of the measures being applied by the state government to tackle crime in parts of the two cities.

Some critics of the state government’s ban have said the policy would further increase unemployment among youths.

The critics also urged the Abia State government to ensure that the ban is not restricted to only civilian okada riders but also to some security personnel who use okada.

In another report, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, has taken issue with the media’s negative coverage of Governor Otti’s recent acquisition of 20 Toyota-branded vans, intended to bolster the state’s security agencies.

Chukwuma’s endorsement of Abia State Governor Alex Otti as the top advocate for the Innoson brand was voiced during his visit to Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South LGA, on Friday.

‘He’s the number one marketer of Innoson. Most of the vehicles bought by the government in this state, Abia, are Innoson vehicles and they are happy with the vehicles.’

Chukwuma thanked Otti for consistently being a patron and giving unwavering support.

The Eastern Updates

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