Nigeria, May 2 -- The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Saturday announced a ban on the use of motorcycles in the state from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

Motorcycle is one of the commonest means of transportation in the oil-rich state, especially in the rural areas.

The ban, which is statewide, covers all types of motorcycles, including power bikes, according to a statement from the Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem.

The statement did not give reason for the ban which initially affected only three local government areas.

The government's decision appeared to have been prompted by the continuous attacks on security agencies in the state, with the latest being the killing of two police officers on Saturday during ...