The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Katsina state has stated that the Boxer brand of motorcycle is commonly referred to as Boko Haram because it is commonly used by members of the deadly sect and other criminals to commit crimes. This is not unconnected to the reason the state government banned the use of the product in the state.

Newly posted state Sector Commander of the FRSC to the state, Ali Tanimu, who made the remarks yesterday in Katsina during a courtesy visit to the secretariat of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Katsina, also said that the Katsina State security council had equally ordered a clampdown on unregistered operators of commercial tricycles and motorcycles.

According to him, “there is also a directive to clampdown on tricycles and motorcycle operators in Katsina because most of them are not registered and they use the opportunity to commit various crimes. “They are not captured in our data, making it difficult for us to identify or trace the offenders.

“We also have issues with tricycle operators who use curtains and flowers to decorate their tricycles and they have tinted windscreens and these make it difficult to identify the passengers they convey.

“We have a directive from the state security council to commence enforcement on the ban of such activities with effect from the end of this month and we urge the press to assist us in this campaign”.

Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Malam Abdulhamid Sabo, urged the FRSC to intensify its road safety campaigns for motorcycle and tricycle operators, stating that “most of the tricycle operators come from the villages and they do not know traffic rules and some of them are drug addicts.

“The FRSC should intensify its road safety education campaign for this category of road users as the riders are trained on the job in a day and the next day, they begin to ride tricycles and motorcycles and pick passengers.”

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