By Bose Adelaja
No fewer than 10 passengers of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada have been charged to court for flouting the law which prohibits Okada in some parts of Lagos.
This was enforced by the Lagos State Taskforce which also impounded 150 motorbikes in the cause of week-long enforcement in the state.
Disclosing this in Lagos, on Sunday, at the Agency’s headquarters office, in Bolade, Oshodi, Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, said the operations were carried out at Ogba, Apapa, Tradefair, Elemoro, Ojodu and its environs.
He disclosed that traces of commercial motorcycles operations popularly known as Okada had been noticed in the aforementioned areas and other parts of the State despite the ban on their activities still being in place, prompting the need for the Agency to carry out the necessary mop-up exercises in the city.
Jejeloye said that though there was about 95 per cent compliance but yet about 150 commercial bikes were impounded for willfully operating on restricted routes and flouting traffic rules in some others.
The Chairman said the 10 passengers were also apprehended for plying the restricted BRT corridor and they have all been charged to court and were fined N50,000 or served three months in Badagry Correctional Centre.
“It has come to our notice through our discreet investigations and also via feedback from members of the Public that okada riders have aggressively been returning to streets to operate. It is quite unfortunate because we will ensure that any Okada caught operating will be impounded and crushed.
“Passengers and riders who are also caught will be charged to court as well” Jejeloye stated.
The Chairman also reiterated that the Agency would remain resolute in ensuring that the menace of Okada and infractions in Lagos never resurfaces as he and his men would carry on with aggressive enforcement exercises to maintain a sanity that Lagosians have evidently enjoyed since the ban was put in place.
“We will work hard to achieve orderliness on Lagos Roads in line with the T.H.E.M.E S. Agenda of the State Government and we will make sure we do all it takes to key into for a greater Lagos.
“No amount of aggressiveness or resistance from Okada riders can match our determination to create an enabling environment for every law-abiding Lagosian”
In a related development, CSP Jejeloye revealed that the Agency has made a considerable amount of progress in dislodging land grabbers in the State and vowed to go after any unscrupulous element still involved in the practice.
He further stated that the Agency provides security backup for other agencies of the State Government in ensuring that developmental programmes and activities aimed at providing succor to the populace are not hindered by criminal elements around.
He urged all Lagosians to report any suspicious or criminal activity within their locality to the nearest Police Station or through the various online media channels of the Agency.