Okada: Police, courier service operators breach ban in Delta

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By Austin Ogwuda

Asaba—BARELY three weeks after the ban on commercial motorcyclists, otherwise known as Okada riders, came into effect in Delta State, some security operatives, especially policemen, and courier service outriders, have started violating the ban with impunity, Vanguard investigation has shown.

State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, had recently said the state Executive Council tacitly exempted officers on duty from the ban.

He also explained that the exemption was on the condition that such police officers must be in full uniform, wear helmet and should not carry passengers.

However, the story was entirely different when our reporter went round Asaba, the state capital, yesterday, as some riders merely put on Mobile Police trousers with T-shirts on top and without helmet.

Same applied to courier service outriders.

Commissioner of Transport, Mr. Ben Igbakpa, has however warned that anybody caught breaching the law should be ready to face the wrath of the law.

He said: “Some corporate bodies who are involved in courier services have applied for permit but none of the request have been granted as they have not been able to meet with the condition for such grant.”

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