Following the earlier ban of okada in ten local governments out of twenty in Lagos, the state government has announced the extension of the ban to four other local governments bringing the total to fourteen local governments.
The new extension was set to commence today, the 1st of September, 2022.
The present ban covers; Kosofe, with two LCDAs-Ikosi Isheri and Agboyi-Ketu; Oshodi-Isolo with two LCDAs-Isolo and Ejigbo; Shomolu with one LCDA-Bariga and Mushin with one LCDA-Odi-Olowo. This update was given by the state’s commissioner of police, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde at a press conference.
Dr. Frederic explained that this resolution of the state government was to curb the rate of accidents, and crime in the state and also to restore normalcy to Lagos. He said the government will be up to their best in not taking a bow on this resolution as it is for the good of residents of Lagos state.
The Lagos state government also stated the riders who do not comply with the ban are liable to a 3-year jail term.
Strict security operations have also been put in place to ensure total compliance with the ban.
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Like the other ban, this particular one has stimulated reactions from motorcycle riders, popularly called “okada riders”. The reactions are because for most of them, the motorcycle business is their only source of income and the ban will cripple it.
According to Dr. Frederic, the government is aware of the effect of the ban on motorcycle riders and he said plans have been made to manage the effect. He urged the public to comply with all laid down rules with regard to the ban.
He said “We implore the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision of the government geared towards combating the monster that okada operation has created so that sanity can return to our State”