There was mild drama in Ikorodu, Ojota and Ketu communities over the weekend when officials of the Lagos State Task Force stormed the areas to impound motorcycles popularly known as okadas.
InsideMainland gathered that the heavily armed Task Force team drove into Ikorodu end of Lagos Mainland with their trucks before impounding the okadas while threatening to arrest whoever dares to stop them.
The enforcement team of the Agency also raided riders plying Ketu and Ojota expressways with a total of 79 motorcycles impounded in the raid.
It was learnt that the arrests led to massive protests from the aggrieved riders some of whom claimed that they do not ride on prohibited routes.
Sources from the affected riders in Ikorodu told InsideMainland that the Task Force officials are fond of apprehending riders for unknown reasons. “We can’t continue to struggle for ourselves on a daily basis and the Task Force would come to threaten us with arrests when they so wish. It is becoming too much and it needs to stop,” the source said.
The source added that the leaders of the unit are working to ensure the motorcycles impounded in the area are retrieved from the agency.
Commenting on the incident, the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said the activities of commercial motorcyclists between Ojota to Ikorodu is becoming worrisome as the riders ply highways, bridges and harass motorists in the process driving against traffic.
He however urged members of the public to desist from engaging commercial motorcyclists on restricted routes including major highways and bridges across the State.