Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has ordered all commercial motorcyclists out of Onitsha and Awka, the state capital.

He has given them till July 1 to vacate the cities.

The directive of the governor was contained in a statement on Wednesday in Awka.

The statement signed by James Eze, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Obiano explained that the directive followed a resolution by the Anambra Executive Council after a meeting on Tuesday.

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“The ultimatum given to Okada operators in the two cities is part of the overall strategy adopted by the state government to deepen its crackdown on crime and restore sanity to Onitsha, the commercial never centre and Awka, the capital city’’, the government said.

The governor further directed residents of some make-shift structures on the banks of the River Niger stretching from Onitsha to Ogbaru to vacate the place before August 1.

Authorities noted that the waterfront has been marked for demolition.

There are reports that men of the underworld resident in the state use the area to hide their loot and organise attacks.