INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Police Command has declared that both motorcyclists and passengers who refuse to observe the new guidelines on the restriction of motorcycle operations would be arrested and prosecuted, as Lagosians acclimatize to the ban on Okada riders across the regions where the ban is in place.
This was made known by the Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin.
“Under the new total ban of motorcycles in six local government areas of Lagos State, passengers and riders alike will be arrested and prosecuted.
“The passenger is an accomplice. Ignorance will not be an excuse!”
Furthermore, with the ban on operation of motorcycles known as okada in various local government areas of Lagos, no fewer than 16 motorcyclists and 1 passengers were arrested along Ikeja LGA and are to be arraigned before a mobile court.
“About 16 riders and passengers were arrested and immediately taken to the nearest mobile court. Also, 140 motorcycles were impounded and still counting,” He said.
The security operatives arrested the offenders during the enforcement of the directives of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stating that commercial motorcycles should not operate in six LGAs namely: Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.
The Lagos government, on Tuesday, inaugurated an anti-Okada squad to enforce the ban.
About 600 newly-recruited members of the squad attended an orientation held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, organised by the Lagos transportation ministry.
Mr Hundeyin said the command was ready to carry out enforcement of the ban to the letter and warned Okada riders to stay off the banned routes.