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The Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has banned the operations of commercial motorcycle riders in some local government of the state.


The Governor gave the order while speaking with all DPOs and the Area commanders across the state at the Lagos house, Ikeja.


He revealed that the ban is indefinite and total.


The affected local government areas include; Surulere, Ikeja, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.


The fresh Okada ban followed the February restriction placed on the activities of commercial motorcycles.


The governor said that the decision was taken in line with the state’s transport sector reform law of 2018 to immediately address the chaos and menace created by the operations of the commercial motorcycle riders in the listed areas.


He told the police to enforce the order without compromise.


He 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.”


The ban is coming days after a mob of Okada riders killed a young man, Sunday David Imoh, along Admiralty way in the Lekki area of Lagos State over N100 balance.


It was learned that the victim, who was a sound engineer, was lynched and burnt to death after a misunderstanding ensued over the N100 balance with one of the commercial motorcyclists.


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