Sanwo-Olu declares a total ban on Okada, imprisoning 115 people.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Commercial motorbikes, often known as okadas, were banned on all roadways in six Local Government Areas (LGAs) and nine Local Council Development Areas on Wednesday (LCDAs).
Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa are the councils affected, and the ban applies to all LCDAs within them. Sanwo-Olu gave the order during a meeting at the State House in Ikeja with the state commissioner of police, area commanders, and divisional police officers (DPOs).
Security operatives should apply the proscription order across the designated councils starting June 1, he stated.
The prohibition came after the horrible death of a sound engineer, Sunday David Imoh, at the Admiralty Way, Lekki, by a mob of Okada riders over a N100 fare dispute.
The band’s saxophonist, Francis Olatunji, and keyboardist, Philip Balogun, were also allegedly attacked and injured by the mob.
The governor explained that the new okada ban came after the February 2020 limit on commercial motorbike activities.
He went on to say that the administration made the decision in accordance with the state’s Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 to address the confusion and threat posed by commercial motorcycle operations in the identified locations.
“Government has provided last-mile buses, medium-capacity buses, and high-capacity buses in the impacted districts for commuters’ convenience,” Sanwo-Olu continued. We are also bringing the rail along these corridors with their terminals before the end of the year. Jetties have also been given as an option.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Taskforce has continued to round up commercial motorbike riders in the state’s Lekki axis and some affluent neighbourhoods. CSP Shola Jejeloye, the taskforce’s chairman, said the sting operation resulted in the seizure of 115 motorcycles. According to Jejeloye, the agency would guarantee that the rules limiting commercial motorcyclists in the state are followed.