The House of Representatives has stepped down a motion to call on the Federal Government to halt the proposed ban on motorcycles. A member from Jigawa State, Abubakar Yalleman, had moved the motion on Tuesday during the plenary at the green chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to restrict the ban to local governments where banditry and terrorism were rife. The lawmaker believes a total ban will negatively affect the well-being and welfare of the common Nigerians if palliative measures are not put in place to ease its effect. After making his case, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Idris Wase, who presided over the plenary, however, prevailed upon Yalleman to step it down.
He said he appreciated the motion but appealed to the lawmakers to cooperate with the executive arm of government in the fight against insecurity. On Thursday last week, the National Security Council said it was considering a nationwide ban on motorcycles and mining activities as part of a strategy to curb terrorist activities, checkmate loopholes, and cut off their sources of funding.
According to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, investigations are ongoing, especially to establish the correlation between mining and motorcycles which the government suspects provide funding for the supply of arms to terrorists.