…As Katsina gov’t bans use of motorcycles over Insecurity***
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has confirmed the death of a reporter with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) F.M station, Mr Maxwell Nashan, attacked by unknown assailants.
The young Nashan, was found unconscious in the early hours of Wednesday near the station with cuts and bruises.
Confirming the development, the Adamawa Chairman of NUJ, Mr Donald Dedan, said Nashan was rushed to an hospital, where he finally died.
Dedan urged the police and other security agencies in the state to fish out the killers of Nashan and bring them to justice; and decried the growing cases of insecurity, particularly kidnapping and banditry in Adamawa, while urging for more measures to stem the tide.
On his part, the state Secretary of NUJ, Mr Fidelis Jocktan, a colleague of the deceased, said the Nathan who is single and planning to marry was picked by his assailants at his resident in Bachure area.
“They did not take anything from his house. They took him away and dropped him near the station tied up and unconscious.
“There are signs of beatings and cuts on his body. Some women going to farm saw him and reported to civil defence operatives at the station who rushed him to hospital,” Jocktan said.
However, the Adamawa Police Command spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, said he was yet to get details on the incident.
In the meantime, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has signed an Executive Order restricting the use of motorcycles and tricycles between 7pm and 6am across the state with effect from Jan. 20.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Ahmed El-Marzuq announced this on Wednesday in Katsina.
“Section 5, sub section 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, conferred on the governor power to sign the order.
“The order is Motorcycle and Tricycle Restriction Movement 2020. Under the order, he has prohibited the movement of motorcycles statewide from the hours of 7pm to 6am, with effect from 20th January, 2020.
“This order shall apply to all and sundry in the state.
“However, there are exceptions. The order shall not apply to the members of the armed forces, the police, other paramilitary agencies like the FRSC, civil defence, immigration, customs and other security agents,” he said.
He said it is pertinent for all and sundry to obey the order, warning that violators would be jailed for up to one year with option of fine or both as prescribed by the penal code.
El-marzuq said that the measure was aimed at protecting the lives and property of people of the state.
“Most of the kidnappings and other criminal activities are perpetrated within these hours using this means of transportation.
“People are not restricted to move, they can use motor vehicles.
“By the time the situation normalize, the order will be reviewed,” he said.