It is no news that for weeks now, administrative officials and commercial bike riders in the northern regions have been at loggerheads.
This is one of the central issues territorial administration minister Paul Atanga Nji has been addressing in his ongoing tour of the regions.
“We have to discuss about other security challenges, organised crime, kidnapping for ransom and we have to discuss the activities of motorbike riders because as much as some of the motorbike riders are very serious, we have realised with dismay that highway robbers and bandits have infiltrated this sector and they want to make it an activity which the government has no control over,” the minister told state media in Garoua today.
He went on to reiterate the same message he has been giving since the start of his tour, urging them to always settle for dialogue in case of disagreement.
“In times of difficulties,” the bike riders, he instructed “should go and meet the police, gendarmes and even ask their syndicates to go and discuss.”
Any alternative measures taken by the riders, he said, shall not be taken lightly.
“What we will not tolerate are acts of vandalism and mob justice,” he warned categorically.
Coming a week to the Regional Election, the minister’s visit also comes at a time when the three northern regions are facing a series of security challenges including repeated attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the Far North.
Mimi Mefo Info