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Nigeria Police warn okada riders against use of face mask

Valentine Chinyem



The Ekiti State Police Command has issued a strict warning to commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called ‘okada riders’, against the use of face masks.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Deputy Superintendent Caleb Ikechukwu, the command’s Public Relations Officer, noted that the command has declared zero tolerance on the use of face mask by ‘okada’ riders in the state, warning that defaulters would face the wrath of the law.

He said the police has come to know through meticulous intelligence gathering that some people who engage in commercial motorcycle business were using face masks to cover their identities in order to perpetrate dastardly acts.

The statement reads: “In order not to get caught, they employ the use of face mask to hide their identities. Owing to many complaints received from the general public as regarding the use of face mask by these ‘okada’ riders to commit crime, the command warns that with effect from February 11, 2019, anyone caught violating this directive will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”

However, the command approved the use of medically-approved nose masks and helmet.