By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit has vowed not to relent in its task to ensure that commercial motorcyclists, popularly called “Okada” keep-off the 477 restricted roads in the state.
To further boost enforcement of the state traffic law, signed on August 2, 2012, particularly on restriction of motorcycles in banned routes, the taskforce recently added over 150 200cc power bikes into its fleet to make arrest of okada riders easier in traffic situation.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government is presently considering placing a total ban on motorcycles as a means of transportation across the states of the federation.
At least over 5,000 motorcycles impounded by the Lagos taskforce have been destroyed since enforcement on restriction for contravening various traffic rules.
Recently, over 200 motorcycles were impounded and the suspected offenders prosecuted accordingly at the Alausa Magistrate Court.
The Task Force Chairman, Chief Superintendent of Police, Bayo Sulaiman, said the state was leaving no stone unturned towards ensuring total sanity on Lagos roads.
He said that the unit would not relent in its clampdown on indiscipline, adding that routine inspection of flashpoints, especially under bridges to arrest miscreants would continue to ensure the state is totally rid of criminal hideouts.
According to the taskforce boss, “It became necessary to procure the power-bikes as it was becoming increasingly difficult to effect arrest of erring okada riders with the regular motorcycles.
“With these power-bikes added to our fleet, we have been able to scale up enforcement, as those difficult terrains have been made easier to patrol.”
Sulaiman stressed that impounded motorcycles are dismantled into pieces and spare parts auctioned at regular intervals for members of the public, saying the move was to discourage nuisance perpetrated by the operators.
“We will continue the arrest and not allow sentiment to set in, because if we do that is the beginning of failure. We have to enforce the law effectively,” Sulaiman added.