Nigeria: Okada Ban - Police Arrest 40 Violators, Impound 188 Motorcycles

Okada riders (file photo).
2 February 2020

Following the full enforcement of the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in some Local Governments and routes in Lagos State, the state police command has arrested 40 violators, impounded 188 motorcycles, and 78 tricycles across the State.

The Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu on 1st February 2020 deployed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, State Traffic Officers, Area Traffic Officers, Divisional Traffic Officers, Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences and other Police Officers across the State Command to fully enforce the provisions of the Road Traffic Laws, especially the ban on the use of motorcycles (popularly known as Okada) and tricycles (also known as Keke) in some Local Government Areas and routes across the State.

The total ban as announced by Lagos State Government, took effect from 0000 hours of 1st February 2020.

40 violators were arrested in different parts of the State while 188 motorcycles and 78 Tricycles were impounded.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) who went round the state to monitor the new development expressed his satisfaction with the level of compliance across the state and thank the good people of Lagos State for their cooperation.

The CP personally arrested some motorcycle and tricycle operators seen contravening the traffic laws.

Others arrested by the CP are VIP escort vehicles without registration numbers, vehicles with defaced and covered plate numbers and vehicles driving against traffic. Twenty-two vehicles were impounded.

Odumosu reiterated the fact that no one is above the law. He called on Lagosians irrespective of their social status to support the Police in its quest to provide a safe and secured state for everyone to live in and to carry out their lawful businesses.

The enforcement is a continuous exercise 24/7 and violators will be dealt with in line with extant laws on Traffic.

Vanguard News Nigeria.

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