By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force, yesterday, impounded 146 motorcycles, popularly called Okada, and prosecuted 21 riders, who were sentenced to two weeks imprisonment.
Chairman of the task force, Police Superintendent Olayinka Egbeyemi, explained that the enforcement operations were carried out based on series of complaints to the agency by the public on criminal activities perpetuated by the Okada riders at Second Rainbow, Mile 2, Orile-Iganmu and Coker Aguda.
Egbeyemi stressed that the Okada riders have continued to terrorise innocent members of the public, dispossessing them of their valuables such as phone, jewelleries and bags.
He advised Okada riders to properly screen out criminals among their members and to educate others about the restricted 475 routes, which include highways and bridges across the state, in accordance with the state’s 2012 Road Traffic Law.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court, sitting in Oshodi, has forfeited impounded 146 motorcycles to government and subsequently, sentenced 21 arrested riders to two weeks imprisonment with the option of N5,000 fine.
Prosecuting counsel, Adedoyin Odukoya, disclosed that 21 arrested motorcycle riders were convicted after they all pleaded guilty to the two-count charge levied against them.
They are driving/riding motorcycles on restricted routes and conducts likely to cause breach of peace.