Police operatives in Enugu State were Friday directed to impound tricyclces and mini-buses used in committing crimes in the state.
The order was part of the statement issued by the state command’s public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, where the command warned against violation of restriction orders, from 6am to 6pm, placed by the state government in the wave of increasing criminal activities in the state last year.
According to him, the state government’s order restricting the operational time of mini-buses and tricycles in Enugu metropolis from 6am to 9pm daily was still in force and ‘shall be enforced to the letter’.
Ndukwe said the emphasis became necessary ‘in view of the flagrant violation of the order by some of the operators and the reported cases of criminal activities perpetrated with the aid of mini-buses and tricycles in the city and its environs’.
Similarly, the state commissioner of police, CP Ahmed Ammani, has ordered area commanders, divisional police officers (DPOs) and tactical/operational commanders of the command ‘to redouble their efforts and ensure the strict enforcement of the order in a professional manner’.
The CP ordered the operatives to ensure that ‘violators are arrested, their mini-buses or tricycles impounded and that they are prosecuted in the special court set up by the state government to handle cases of violation of the order’.
He commended some operators for complying with the directive, but cautioned those ‘who have deliberately been violating the order by using mini-buses and tricycles to perpetrate crimes during the restriction time to turn a new leaf’.
He said that the police would ‘deal decisively with violators of the order, including unrepentant criminals among them’.