A public statement issued on Monday by the Acting FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr. Dauda Biu, on Monday has ordered all 37 Sector Commanders in the country to impound any motorcycle with unregistered National Vehicle Identification Scheme. This is to fight the rising insecurity in Nigeria. 

What they are saying 
The FRSC boss explained that the order was imminent following the increased number of motorcycles plying the roads. He added that capturing the details of motorcycle operators in the country’s national database would help curb insecurity.

He further directed that the seizure of unregistered motorcycles should be a joint effort between the Nigerian police force, the Vehicle Inspection Office and other relevant stakeholders for effective enforcement.

The Corps Public Education Officer, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, stated that “operatives may not issue a notice of offence ticket to the operators. All impounded motorbikes must be fully documented, however.”

What you should know 
The federal government of Nigeria recently disclosed the possibility of a nationwide ban on motorcycles to fight the rising concerns of insecurity around the country. 

The Lagos state government, in conjunction with the state’s police command, had banned commercial motorcycles in six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state since the 1st of June 2022. 

This is as Nigeria’s security agencies have identified several perpetrators of violence in parts of the country to have arrived at the scene of their crime on motorcycles. Also, motorcycles provide an easier means of transportation from crime scenes. 

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