By Jon Egie

The recent ban on the use of Okada in Ughelli Township will be indefinite, the police in Ughelli has said.

Acting IGP, Mr. M.D. Abubakar

Acting IGP, Mr. M.D. Abubakar

A very senior officer in the ‘A’ division of the Nigeria police in Ughelli who pleaded anonymity said because of the prevailing high rate of crime in the society, which has been linked to the use of Okada in facilitating criminal activities, it has become necessary to control Okada operators and hence the ban is in place.

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He said some states across the country have out rightly banned the use of Okada for commercial transport but that the ban in Delta State, specifically Ughelli as the case is, spans between 7pm and 6am.

The source said since the police have taken the action, Okada operators have started seeing the reason for compliance while some violators have been charged to court and others cautioned.

‘One of the gains of the police action so far is that the Okada riders have agreed to form a union through which they will help the police to enforce the law” the source added.

Since the ban was placed, there has been a significant reduction in the rate of crime in the town and the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM, Oharisi 111, other illustrious sons of Ughelli as well as some Okada riders are happy about it, the source further informed.

“The exercise is going to be continuous because there are people born to break the law so we must be on the watch out for them, we are not going to relent” our police source declared.