Scores of commercial motorcyclists on Friday in Ilorin?staged a?protest against ?the decision of the government to restrict their operations.?
The commercial motorcyclists, who?were apparently reacting to the decision of the state government to restrict their operation to some selected streets in the state capital,?besieged the residence of Alhaji Usman Bibire Ajape, the Special Adviser ?on Transport and Utilities?to Gov. AbdulFatah Ahmed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the private residence of the special adviser is?located along Agbooba Road in Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state.
The protesters, who were chanting various songs to express their displeasure over the decision also made bonfires with disused tyres within in front of the residence.
The?motorcyclists reportedly damaged the security post at the residence, broke some security lights at the gate and the fence as well as vandalised some other valuables.
?In an interview with NAN shortly after the attack, the special adviser said there was no going back on the order.
?Ajape said the measure to restrict their operation in the state capital was to ensure the safety of lives and property of innocent citizens.
He said the action of the commercial motorcyclists would?not change the decision of the government, adding that “even today a bag was snatched from a lady along AbdulAzeez Attah Road, Ilorin with motorbike”.
Ajape appealed to operators of commercial motorcyclists to cooperate with the State Government in its efforts to create a?conducive atmosphere for the residents of the state. (NAN)