The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, is considering banning tricycle (Keke NAPEP) operators in the state.

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This was gathered is as a result of the rise of crime allegedly associated with the operators of the tricycle.

It was gathered that within a week, no fewer than 12 persons were killed in Awka, the state capital, in cult-related activities attributed to Keke NAPEP operators.

A government source said, “The governor is thinking about banning Keke NAPEP operation in Awka because of security reports linking them with cult activities. In their place, shuttle buses will be provided for commuters.”

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The state government on Wednesday held a meeting at the Alex Ekwueme Square with Keke operators in Awka, where it expressed concern over the rising cases of crime perpetuated by tricycle operators.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, said, “Security reports recieved over the last few weeks indicated that tricycles were also used to commit crime, including kidnapping, shooting, pilfering, among others.

“If you fail to identify the bad eggs among you, the government will have no other alternative but to ban the operation of tricycle in the state.”