The Commissioner of Police Enugu State Command, Abubakar Lawal on Tuesday directed the Area Commander and Divisional Police officer within the venue of Nkanu East, West and communities in Enugu South Local Government areas where the state government had banned operations of tricycle, okada, and tipper lorries to ensure strict enforcement ban.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had on Friday, signed executive order no1 banning operations of tricycle, commercial motorcycle and tipper lorries in the Council.
The ban has since generated condemnation from church leaders including Rev FR Ejike Mbaka who described the ban as ‘ill-advised’. Mbaka had said that the reason the Governor justified the ban was a fallacy of faulty generalization.
While Governor Ugwuanyi was engaging with the union leaders of the tipper lorries, tricycle, and commercial motorcycle drivers, the police commissioner ordered his men for immediate enforcement of the ban in all affected communities.
However Lawal cautioned police operatives to respect the fundamental human right of citizens in the course of carrying out the enforcement.
He urged those affected by the ban to comply in order to avoid any form of misunderstanding between them and the police operatives performing the enforcement duties. “The CP has enjoined Ndi Enugu State to remain vigilant, law-abiding, and assist the Command with useful and timely security information/intelligence it requires to frontally tackle the activities of criminal elements, hell-bent on tampering with the peace and security hitherto enjoyed in the State. This they can do by reporting at the nearest police station, through the DPO, or by calling the Command’s emergency hotlines and be rest assured that such information/intelligence shall be treated with utmost confidentiality and accorded necessary action,” the statement partly read.