By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
In its determination to check criminal activities among motorcycle operators in Osun, the state Police Command has banned commercial motorcycle operators from wearing hood .
To this end, the command has warned residents not to board motorcycles of riders putting on hoods ,henceforth.
Spokesperson of the command, Yemisi Opalola, in a press statement on Monday noted that some of the motorcyclists wore hood and concealed their identity by covering their noses with facemasks with intent to commit crimes such as robbery and rape.
The statement reads, ” This stern warning becomes imperative due to series of reports received by the Police Command that criminal minded Okada riders use hood with intent to commit crimes such as robbery, rape etc. on the innocent citizens, especially their passengers during the night time, because their identity will not be easily ascertained.
“The Police Command enjoin the leadership of Okada Riders Association in the state to warn their members against covering of their heads and faces in any form while riding their motorcycles, as the command has mapped-out strategies to arrest and prosecute anyone found wanting in this regard.
“Members of the public are advised not to board or engage the services of any commercial motorcyclist (Okada) with hood and facemasks while riding their motorcycles “.