[By Theo Rays, Onitsha]
Tricycle operators, otherwise known as Keke drivers, in Anambra State have been warned of the dire consequences of engaging in criminal activities of any sort using their machines.
Chairman of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), Anambra State chapter, Comrade Sylvester Obiora and its Secretary Comrade Linus Uffor who gave the warning in Awka, the State capital weekend lamented the growing complaints of some fake keke operators using tricycles for criminal activities.
He said the leadership of tricycle owners will not hesitate to hand over to security operatives any Keke operator established that he uses his Keke to rob the members of the public, according to the duo of Obiora and Uffor, a high-powered Task Force has been setup to arrest any suspected criminals using Keke as a means of robbing innocent passengers and hand them over to the Police for prosecution.
“There have been reported cases of snatching of handsets and bags by some hoodlums who use Keke in recent time and warned that those who use it as a means for criminal venture will regret their actions,” they said.
The group also urged members to register with ATMC Code to enable it checkmate fake keke riders.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Transport will partner with the leadership of Tricycle Owners Association (TOAN) on training/ seminar and public education for keke operators in the various zones of the state.
This was announced during a joint press conference by Commissioner for Transport and Wealth Creation, Chief Afam Mbanefo and Comrade Sylvester Obiora who expressed optimism that the seminar would be successful.
The training will cover such areas as reckless driving, excessive intake of alcohol during driving, flouting of traffic rules, among others, especially ahead of the ‘ember’ months of November and December to enable easy flow of traffic during the festive season.