The Nigerian army has banned the use of motorcycles in remote areas of seven states in the north over the increasing activities of bandits and kidnappers in the region.
The states affected by the ban are Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi in the north-west and Niger state in the north-central.
Sagir Musa, army spokesman, said the military took the decision after it observed that the culprits use the motorcycles to perpetuate their crimes.
He said while the order will cause the people some inconvenience, “there is a need to use all means possible to stop the dastardly activities of these bandits across the north-western part of the country.”
He added that anyone caught using motorcycle in the listed areas will be taken for a bandit.