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Lagos Task Force clamps down on criminal Okada riders, convicts 21 at Mile 2

Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force, yesterday, August 8, 2017, impounded 146 motorcycles, popularly called Okada, and prosecuted 21 riders, who were sentenced to two weeks imprisonment.

The Chairman of the task force, Police Superintendent Olayinka Egbeyemi, clarified that the enforcement operations were carried out based on a series of complaints made to the agency by the public on the criminal activities being propagated by Okada riders at Second Rainbow, Mile 2, Orile-Iganmu and Coker Aguda.

Egbeyemi stressed that the Okada riders have continued to terrorize innocent members of the public, dispossessing them of their valuables such as phone, jewellery and bags.

He advised Okada riders to properly screen out the criminals in their midst and to educate others about the restricted 475 routes, which include highways and bridges across the state, in accordance with the state’s 2012 Road Traffic Law.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court, sitting in Oshodi, has forfeited the impounded 146 motorcycles to the state government and subsequently, sentenced 21 arrested riders to two weeks imprisonment with the option of N5, 000 fine.

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