The Federal Road Safety Corps has declared a nationwide clampdown on erring motorcyclists who fail to register their bikes with the National Vehicle Identification Scheme.
The acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali-Biu, made the announcement in a statement on Monday evening.
This was coming following reported terrorists’ attacks in various locations across the country.
SOJ WORLDWIDE had reported that there had been attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, following the release of some members of the Boko Haram terrorist group during the invasion of the Kuje Correctional Centre.
Also, a Boko Haram leader posing as a security guard was reportedly arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Sunday.
Worried by the increasing number of unregistered motorcycles plying the roads and the urgent need to ensure that all two-wheel vehicles were duly captured in the National Vehicle Identification Scheme database, Ali-Biu issued directives to the 37 Sector Commanders across the nation to commence with immediate effect, full force enforcement on any motorcycle seen without appropriate registration.
“The directive came following the imminent need to comply with the Federal Government’s order on clamping down on this horde of unregistered motorcycles on Nigerian roads. The order was necessitated by the state due to insecurity and the need to curb it by bringing to a halt the continuous operations of these categories of vehicles without registration on our roads.
“While laying particular emphasis on the security implications of not capturing all motorcycles in the national database, the acting Corps Marshal charged the Sector Commanders to immediately liaise with the Boards of Internal Revenue in their respective states, set up a taskforce in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies where necessary, including Vehicle Inspection Office and other stakeholders for effective enforcement.”
The directive also conveyed that the unregistered motorcycles were to be impounded while the owners were mandated to commence and complete full registration of the motorcycles before their bikes would be released.
The acting Corps Marshal stated that the operation was aimed at getting unregistered motorcycles registered and documented in the national database, warning that officials may not issue a notice of offence ticket to motorcycle operators, however, all motorbikes impounded must be fully documented.
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