The ban on the operation and sale of motorcycles in Niger State has allegedly forced over 10,000 commercial Okada operators to flee the state, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane has confirmed.
Matane who stated this in Minna said with the ban placed on the operations of Okada riders earlier and recently on the sale of motorcycles, the state has started witnessing some relative peace.
He explained that the ban on the sale of commercial motorcycles was taken to control the activities of bandits who mostly use the motorcycles for their operations.
“When we imposed the ban, the bandits were almost closing in on Minna, the state. And, we got an intelligence report that over 300 motorcycles were sold in two days and that’s a very rare sale. When we asked, we were told buyers were coming from other states to buy motorcycles in Minna. That was why we had to place a ban on the sales of motorcycles. With the ban, over 10,000 Okada operators left Niger State and that was when we started noticing some peace around the state. This is because 99% of the activities of bandits are carried out on motorcycles and these same motorcycles are used as ramsons or Jerry cans of fuel among others,” the state govt image-maker disclosed.
He said those still defying the ban on the movement of motorcycles are Okada riders that came from other states such as Kebbi, Kaduna because they feel it has been strongly enforced in Niger State.
He also revealed that apart from the killing and kidnapping of people, bandits in some communities in the state are also taxing farmers on their farm produce before they could harvest them and refusal will lead to setting farms on fire.
“We have always thought that the National Government should have a coordinated response that is sustainable with all the level severity, but we have some other challenges in doing that”
” You see Nigeria today, every state is on its own. You pursue your own agenda for you to survive. If support comes fine, if it doesn’t you are on your own. The citizens will deal with you directly, they dont care whether there is a federal government or not. The citizens know their governor, they know the apparatus of the state and they take their issues there to be addressed”
Matane further explained that before the ban, the state government met with Motorcycles dealers in the state, where it was agreed that they should register any customer that purchases more than one motorcycle.
The dealers, according to him, were also supposed to liaise with the state Ministry for Transport and Board of Internal Revenue to ensure that the motorcycles are coded.
The SSG decried the failure of the dealers to honour the decision reached between them that resulted in the sales of over 300 motorcycles without notifying the relevant authority.
However, Matane expressed optimism that the ban would go a long way to assist in curtailing the operations of bandits in the state, adding,” it’s our prayer that in one or two years time, this whole problem would go away, that’s my prayer every day”.
- Fabio Cannavaro reveal club to win UCL title.
Former Real Madrid defender, Fabio Cannavaro, has named the club that will win the UEFA Champions League trophy this season.
According to Cannavaro, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are the favorite to win the Champions League this season.
The Italian legend believes Chelsea have a ‘great manager and a ‘great team,’ adding that they will be well prepared to defend the Champions League title.
Recall with TST that Chelsea won the Champions League last season.
The Blues defeated Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 1-0 in the final to win the Europe top-flight competition.
“I think Chelsea can do it [win the Champions League this season],” Cannavaro was quoted by The Hard Tackle as saying.
“They have a great manager in Thomas Tuchel, and a very good team.
“Real Madrid did it three years in a row, which was a historical accomplishment for the club and Zidane, but to win the Champions League, you need a lot of things to go your way. For me, English clubs are better prepared.”
- Fabrizio Romano reveal clubs fighting over signing Antonio Rudiger.
Football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, has revealed that Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are battling to sign Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea at the end of the season.
Romano said this while providing the latest update on Rudiger’s contract situation with Chelsea.
He explained that Rudiger would like to stay at Chelsea if the two parties can agree to terms on a new deal.
Chelsea are yet to agree on a deal to extend Rudiger’s contract at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger’s current deal with Chelsea will expire at the end of the season.
The Germany international played a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge under Thomas Tuchel season, scoring two goals in 14 league games.
“It’s true that Real Madrid have an interest, but we have said on this podcast many times that Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich are the three clubs interested in Rudiger,” Romano told the Here We Go podcast.
“They approached the people around Rudiger for permission [to negotiate]. There is no negotiations or contract proposals yet. Why? Because Rudiger is still talking with Chelsea.
“It’s not over between Rudiger and Chelsea yet. He would love to stay. He loves the club. The economical proposal is not what Chelsea wants. They are still far from an agreement at the moment. That is why Rudiger has the chance to leave the club as a free agent.”
The 28-year-old joined Chelsea in a £29 million deal from AS Roma in 2017.
- Roberto reaching agreement with Old Trafford to succeed Ralf Rangnick.
Italy head coach, Roberto Mancini has rejected claims he has a ‘verbal agreement’ with Manchester United to become their next permanent manager after Ralf Rangnick.
Mancini has been linked with the Man United job when Rangnick’s interim spell comes to an end next summer.
The 57-year-old has been tipped to become Man United’s next permanent manager.
Speaking on the development, the Italian ruled himself out of taking the Man United job, insisting that his only focus is on next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
“A verbal agreement with a Premier League club? All false,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“My only goal is to get to the World Cup and be able to win it.”
MusicMancini guided Manchester City to their first English Premier League title in 2012.
- Bauchi APC chieftain asks Buhari to consent to amended electoral act.
A chieftain of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed Sheriff, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately give his assent to the amended Electoral Act as passed by the National Assembly.
Sheriff stated this while addressing a press conference at the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Bauchi.
According to him, if Buhari signs the amended law, it would enhance internal democracy in all political parties in the country, particularly in the ruling APC.
“When operational, the Electoral Act as amended will strengthen internal democracy within the political parties,” Sheriff asserted.
He further called on President Buhari to ensure that internal democracy is allowed to be instituted in the party if APC must exist beyond 2023 after he must have left.
He submitted that what transpired during the recent congresses of the party held across the country and particularly in Bauchi State, was nothing but a sham.
“A situation where because someone close to the seat of power will come down to impose leadership on the party at the state, local government and ward levels is not acceptable and may spell doom for the party,” he said.
Explaining what transpired in the state during the party-state congress, Sheriff alleged that there was the imposition of leaders on the party, saying that it was done in connivance with the electoral committee sent to supervise the congress from the national secretariat of the party.
This, he said, was responsible for his going to court to challenge the imposition on party members in the state, alleging that certain people who did not contribute to building APC in the state wanted to reap where they did not sow.
“On the 16th of October, 2021, it will be recalled that a seven-man committee led by Jibrin Sam, mandated to provide oversight for the election of APC party officials in Bauchi State connived with a so-called party leader, who is neither a genuine stakeholder nor an elected representative to deprive our party and stakeholders genuine representation by hoisting Alhaji Babayo Aliyu Misau, a questionable proxy on us as a state party leader.
“Because we believe justice is for the masses and not for a few. We headed to court as a resort of the victimised to enforce our rights to elect those who will represent us.
“We believe that certain political actors that have not built our great party the All Progressive Congress in Bauchi State have come to reap where they did not sow.
“It is against this background that we instituted a suit seeking for the dissolution of executive members of the party in the state.
“Joined in the suit included the acting national chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni; chairman of the Bauchi State Extended Stakeholder Committee, Adamu Adamu; member of the extended stakeholder committee, Yakubu Dogara and 39 others as defendants,” he explained.
According to him, while giving an interim injunction on the matter on Thursday last week, the judge, Justice Kunaza Hamidu, ordered the members of the executive to stop parading themselves as APC leaders pending the hearing and determination of the suit before the court.
Sheriff asserted that those who wanted to cause trouble in APC in the state neither have the interest of the party at heart nor are loyal party members.
“These individuals who are bent on causing a rift in our party do not have the interest of the state at heart or that of loyal party members and stakeholders, not even that of the national party and its stake in our country. Their ulterior motive is to cause disunity and disaffection in our party.
“We should not allow this to happen. We have worked hard to be where we are and as we approach 2023, we should shun all divisiveness by people who have no stake in our party or in our well being and prosperity.
‘Let’s come together and forge a common party in order to reclaim our endowed and beautiful state to the path of glory and sustainability.”
- 2023: North should produce next President – Dokpesi.
Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications, has said the north should still produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Dokpesi said based on an arrangement and calculation by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the North would still produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Against this backdrop, the media mogul said Atiku Abubakar, former presidential candidate of the PDP, should be elected as president.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Dokpesi said Atiku would unite Nigeria, considering his achievements in governance, youth empowerment, and ethnic and religious tolerance.
According to Dokpesi: “We have set out the criteria, and have identified the issues, and said that the kind of leadership we need in this country must be a courageous, fair, tested and proven leadership with cognate experience in the management of the affairs of the conclusion, rightly or wrongly, that the person that has the quality to unite Nigeria at this point in time is Waziri Atiku Abubakar.
“We must put a square peg in a square hole. We must not allow some people who want to disintegrate this country to succeed.
“2023 is still the turn of the North based on the PDP agreement and calculation. The records of the PDP are there.
“Some people said why should we bring a Fulani man again, and I said have we not been living with Fulani people? I was brought up by a Fulani man, Bamanga Tukur.
“Nigerians must unite and deal with elements brought into the country for destabilisation. We are here to plead and cry to the leaders of North Central not to relent in their sacrifices for the country.”