Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has continued its clampdown on unregistered motorcycle riders as a measure to address the country’s worrying security situation. 

Driving the news 
According to the acting FRSC Corp Marshall, Mr. Dauda Biu, the agency arrested about 13,000 unregistered motorcycle riders in different parts of the country in August alone. The agency also seized about 20,000 motorcycles while registering over 100,000 vehicles in the national vehicle identification database.

Why it matters 
The proposed ban on motorcycles in Nigeria has become a viable solution to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country, taking a cue from the results of the exercise in Lagos State. As several state governments are adopting the ban on unregistered motorcycles, an obvious reduction in crime rates and accidents might force the federal government to make it a legalized nationwide regulation. 

  • On the other hand, it would be in the best interest of the federal government to create alternative jobs for riders who might be pushed out of work. 

What the Corp Marshall said 
Mr. Dauda Biu explained the corps is carrying out a clampdown on unregistered motorcycles in order to establish a robust database of operators in the country according to a directive by the federal government. 

  • Speaking further, Mr. Dauda Biu said the FRSC would be sensitizing commuters at motor parks on “the containment of the perennial traffic gridlocks and the accompanying hazards.” 

What you should know 
The federal government of Nigeria identified the use of motorcycles as a means of transportation by terrorists to invade communities and towns in which they wreck despicable havoc.

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