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Published On: Mon, Aug 10th, 2020

Bauchi to auctions forfeited motorcycles to owners

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From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi

The Bauchi state government has ordered for the auctioning of seized commercial motorcycles who violated Covid19 Executives order to their original owners, beginning from tomorrow, Monday.
The commissioner for Information in the state, Alhaji Garba Dahiru who stated this in Bauchi over the weekend, He said that the gesture was meant to cushion the economic hardship faced by the owners of the seized motorcycles.
The commissioner said over 100 motorcycles were seized from those who violated the ban on commercial motorcycle operations by the government in the state.
He said “Gentlemenof the press, you may recall that in the month of April 2020, the Bauchi state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir had banned the activities of commercial motorcycle operatorspopularly known as achaba and carrying of passengers on motorcycles to date”, he said.
Dahiru said, the ban was not meant to impose hardship on the citzen but to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance to other protocols.
The commissioner said, following the ban, the state government established a mobile court to try violators.
“The court while carrying out its duties had cause to forfeit to the Bauchi state government over 100 motorcycles confiscated from those who violated the law”, he explained.
He said that, the state government under governor Bala Mohammed has directed that the forfeited motorcycles be auctioned to no other person’s but their original owners.
Dahiru said the move is to cushion the effect caused by the forfeiture on the original owners of the forfeited motorcycles.
He said that auctioning exercise would be done after presentation of genuine evidence of ownership of the seized motorcycles and the auction shall be at the paltry rate of N5000

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