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Okada riders in Ogun to assist security agencies with intelligence gathering


The national president of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Babangida Meula, yesterday disclosed that the body would partner with security agencies to tackle terrorism, kidnapping and other crimes in Ogun State.

Meula said the association through its members would assist the security agencies in “intelligence gathering” since they operate in all parts of the state. He spoke in Abeokuta, the state capital, while unveiling the identification/security code for every member of the association.

According to him, the code would afford ACOMORAN the avenue to capture the biometric data of all members operating in any part of state. He explained that through the code, members who commits any crime or aid criminals, could easily be tracked down to his unit where such individual operates.

Also, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who spoke at the event, revealed that 70 per cent of sophisticated crimes, including bank robbery, are committed using motorcycles because “it facilitates easy escape”. Iliyasu, who was represented by the command spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the new code would help the command to fight terrorism, kidnappings, robbery and other vices.

Earlier, the state chairman of ACOMORAN, Samsudeen Apelogun, said many people commit crimes under the guise of being their members and urged the police to fish out those giving the association bad names for prosecution.

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