Series of stage-managed and sponsored protest in Eket has been traced to miscreants and criminals who used motorcycles to commit and perpetuate crimes in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.

Rt. Hon. Frank Archibong, Executive Chairman of Eket made this known yesterday at the occasion of Nigera’s 59th Independence Day Anniversary Celebration at Qua Iboe Church (Q.I.C.) Primary School ground along Eket/Oron Road, saying government decision on the ban on commercial motorcycles activities from 6:00pm to 6:00am in Eket cannot be reversed.

Archibong, used the occasion and urged stakeholders,traditional fathers, market women, religious leaders and other indigenes and residents of the area to support the ban as the measure is to checkmate criminals activities in the area.

“Recently, the rate of crime in Eket was so alarming.It has been a great concern to the government as law abiding citizens and residents were terrorized daily by these miscreants. Investigation shown that they used motorcycles in carrying out their nefarious activities.

“Since government primary function is to protect lives and properties, government cannot fold her hands and allow innocent people to suffer wrongly in the hands of these hoodlums, hence the ban on motorcycles activities in Eket.”

Archibong, solicited for cooperation from all as the immediate challenge experience due to non-availability of commercial motorcycles as the result of the ban ‘ll be a thing of the past as government has made conscientious effort in tackling the challenge.

According to the Eket council helmsman, in less than three days, first batch of fifty mini buses for commercial purposes shall be on Eket roads to render services to visitors and residents of Eket.

“The fifty buses would have been here today but owing to the fact they came in crates and need to be fixed by experts in Uyo before coming down to Eket. Any challenge we face now shall be over in few days”, Archibong assured.

The event witnessed march past by schools’ children, voluntary organizations and different groups. And was attended by the council first lady, Mrs Bright Archibong, council vice chairman, Hon. Nsikan John, leader of the legislature, Hon.Kufre Ekpe, council officials and many senior citizens of the area.

By Ani Michael

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