Motorcycles to be banned in Addis Ababa over crime


Motorcycles, known in Nigeria as Okada, will be banned from 7 July in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. The city’s mayor, Takele Uma said a ban on motorcycle use will be implemented in a bid to curb rising criminality.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Takele said criminals have in recent months been using motorcycles to engage in assaults and robberies of Addis Ababa residents.

“Addis Ababa city administration will impose a ban on the use of motorcycles in the city starting July 7,” Takele said.

“However, the ban will not affect those conducting licensed businesses with motorcycles, those who use motorcycles as postal carriers and motorcycles used by diplomatic missions,” said Takele.


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