Enugu Police Explains Its Quarrel With Keke Operators
Following our last report on why tricycle operators in Enugu are unhappy with the police, our correspondent in the state sought the position of the police on the policy.
In an exclusive chat with the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state SP. Ebere Amaraizu, he explained further why the ban of the use of side tarpaulin by Keke operators in the state became necessary.
The PPRO said that the ban became necessary because of the crime perpetrated by the aid of the tarpaulin.
"Take for example, when they kidnap someone, and they close the tapauline, it becomes difficult to access inside of the Keke, you cannot see what's going on inside the tricycle.
"When these complaints became unbearable, we called a meeting with their leadership in the state and we looked at the situation together and they agreed that its important they stop the use of this side tarpaulin to help control crime in the state," Amarizu said.
Bounce News also sought to know if it will be possible to give the operators a grace period in the rainy season and the ban reinforced after the rainy season.
To that, he said: “What's the guarantee that crime won't be perpetrated in this period? There's no time crime isn’t perpetrated, it can be in the rainy or dry season."
The PPRO further said that the policy was not done in bad fate as there was a serious consultation of the stakeholders concerned and that the policy is for the general wellbeing of the masses.
He also acknowledged that not all the operators of tricycles in the state are bad but they wouldn't like to leave anything to chance in safeguarding the state.
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