After the incident of Okada riders killing and burning a passenger in Lagos, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has now come out heavy on the operations of commercial motorcycle banning them in some areas of the State.
According to the reports Motorcycle operators otherwise known as Okada riders will no longer operate in six local government areas in the state.
The behaviours of the riders in the state has gone unchecked for some times causing unrest in major roads of the State.
Earlier in the week the officials of task force in the Lagos vembarked on a serious clampdown of Okada riders on the Lekki axis.
Please check the areas affected as some parts of the state will not be affected by the new ban.
The six local governments affected by this new directive are; Apapa, Lagos Island, Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, and Lagos Mainland.
According to the governor, the said ban is indefinite and total, and has empowered the Police in the state to carry out the enforcement without any delay.
He gave out the directive at a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) at the State House in Alausa, Ikeja.
The Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said, “After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated. We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022.
“This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do. We have given the notice now and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas to vacate the highways before enforcement begins. The enforcement will be total.”