Governor Bello Mattawale of Zamfara State has banned the riding of motorcycles from 8pm to 6 am in Gusau town.
He directed security personnel to shoot on sight anyone found violating the new order.
The measure, according to the governor, was taken by the state Security Council following reports of the use of motorcycles by bandits and other criminals to perpetrate their criminal activities within the state capital and its outskirts.
Mattawale disclosed this in a state broadcast on Tuesday.
He said, “Considering the recent incursion of bandits in some areas on the outskirts of Gusau, riding of motorcycles is hereby banned from 8pm to 6am in all the areas and outskirts of Gusau town.
“These areas include Mareri, Damba, Tsunami, Tsauni, Barakallahu, Samaru, Gada Biyu, and Janyau East.
“Security forces are hereby ordered to shoot anyone riding a motorcycle between 8pm and 6 am on the outskirts of Gusau who refuses to stop when ordered to do so.
“Meanwhile, members of the public have been implored to be vigilant in their localities and report to security agencies any suspicious persons or strange movements in their respective communities.
“The state government will not take it lightly with anyone found disturbing the peace and security of the people of the state.”