Residents of Bimbilla have called on the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to lift the ban on the use of motorbikes to transport more than one person.
According to the residents, the directive is negatively affecting the smooth running of businesses and movement in the community.
Last Friday, REGSEC banned the use of motorbikes in two of the region’s hotspots, following a shooting incident which claimed the lives of three persons.
But residents of Bimbilla who say the motorbike serves as their means of transport are appealing to the Regional Security Council to review the ban.
One resident who spoke to Citi News said: “This is a very serious issue because here, our main transportation is the motorbike. Assuming I'm carrying my father, he is old and they say I should not carry somebody if we are going to farm, how do we do it?”
Another said: “I have six members of staff and it is only me who goes to school on a single bike. The other people always come to school in pairs. Yesterday when I came to school, we were three and when I asked what happened, they said we should not carry people on motorbikes. The effect is that the standard of education is going to go very bad. We are already battling with it here.”
Three people died in Bimbilla, with eight others injured in the attack which occurred last Thursday.
According to eyewitnesses, two persons on a motorbike allegedly shot at them and sped off.
Five persons who sustained various degrees of injury are receiving treatment at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, with three others at the Bimbilla Hospital.
The incident led to sporadic shootings in some parts of the troubled town.