Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has banned the operations of commercial motorcycles, Okada, in six Local Governments of the state
The six local governments listed are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.
Sanwo-Olu gave the order while speaking at a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) at the State House in Alausa, urging the officers to ensure total enforcement of the ban without compromise.
Sanwo-Olu said the directive was taken folowing the chaos and menace created by the operations of okada in the affected areas. He added that the Government took the decision in line with the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018.
He stated that after a critical review of the restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where it was restricted on February 1, 2020, it is quite clear that the menace has not abated.
The governor spoke further that the ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within the six Local Governments and their Local Council Development Areas becomes effective from June 1, 2022.
The directive is coming few days after Okada riders killed a young man in the Lekki area of Lagos State over N100 change.
It was reported that the victim, who served as a sound engineer in a Church and works with Legacy 360 Band in the evenings whenever there is a show, was lynched and burnt to death after a misunderstanding ensued over N100 balance with one of the commercial motorcyclists.