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February 28, 2017

Lagos to destroy impounded ‘okada’

 According to the Lagos State Government, impounded commercial motorcycles have been slated to be crushed. This is in consonance with the traffic law enacted in 2012 prohibiting the operation of motorcycles and tricycles in certain routes, giving the government power to impound and destroy them as it deemed fit.

Speaking, the police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, said they had impounded 500 motorcycles and were ready to crush them.

 “It would not be one off. So far, we have impounded about 500 motorcycles since we started our renewed efforts and we now have a total of about 4, 000 bikes ready to be crushed. The law made provisions on how those motorcycles should be handled and the law also made provision on how to handle those that have flouted the law itself.”

“The operators of the commercial motorcycles and those patronizing them, with time, you will get to see the Mobile Court going around to try some of those that have been arrested. What we are saying here is that we want people in Lagos to know that there is a law and the law is made for a purpose and if all of us obey the law and conform, the better for us.”

He further decried the operators’ disregard for rules.
“The Okada riders, no doubt, have been a sort of menace. They go into the road and flout the laws with impunity. When they get to where you have the traffic lights, they behave as if it is not meant for them and combine with that is the way the criminal elements put the motorcycles to either snatch money or use them as a getaway in some areas and the same law says that citizens should not patronize commercial motorcycles on prohibited routes.
“Not only that, the law says that by 8pm, they should not be on the road and so the message we are passing is that this is not going to be a one-off thing, we will continue and sustain it. We just like to appeal to people to stop patronizing Okada plying restricted routes,” Owoseni said.
Lagos to destroy impounded 'okada'

 

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