The Rivers State government has placed a temporary ban on the operation of motorcycles and tricycles in Gokana and Khana local government areas of the state because of the planned visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state today.
The State Governor, Nyesom Wike, made the announcement in a state broadcast yesterday, that the ban would be effective between 6am to 6pm.
Security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban and ensure full compliance.
The Governor also added this;
“Mr. President is here as the father of the nation who cares about the environmental and developmental challenges that we face as one of his primary constituencies.
“Accordingly, his presence in Rivers State is not an occasion for political campaigns by anybody or political party. Rather, it is an occasion and an opportunity for us to demonstrate unity of purpose and our readiness to work together with Mr. President to move Rivers State and the nation forward.
“Let me therefore advise desperate politicians in our midst to be mindful of the charged social and economic situation in the country and refrain from making unguarded statements over Mr. President’s visit that could inflame political rivalry and precipitate unnecessary upheavals in the state.
“Rivers State has been peaceful and must remain so during and after Mr. President’s visit. The security agencies have accordingly been directed to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter his or her position, who attempts to exploit Mr. President’s visit for extraneous purposes that undermine the prevailing peace and security in Rivers State,” he said.