Crime - Lagos Bans Okada From 7pm to 6am

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Crime - Lagos Bans Okada From 7pm to 6am

Postby Richard Akindele » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:04 pm

The Lagos State government yesterday imposed an immediate ban on commercial motorcyclists a.k.a Okada from operating in the state between the hours of 7pm and 6am.

Briefing newsmen in Ikeja, at the end of the State Weekly Executive Council Meeting, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dele Alake said the worsening security situation in the state informed the government decision.

He noted the state executive had to take the step to clamp down on okada riders whose operations have endangered lives and properties in the state.

"In recent time, the security report emanating from members of the public about Okada riders in the state has been alarming", he said.

Alake said incidents of robbers using motorcycles to rob people of their belongings have given cause for concern in recent time.

He warned that any okada found operating during the period of ban would either have its okada impounded or made to pay a fine of N50,000, and the passenger would also be sanctioned.

By this directive, all security agencies including the police, the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), and Neighbourhood Watch are to enforce the law by apprehending the violators.

Alake said government would not compromise the security of Lagosians, adding that update on the Okada menace will be made public as events unfold.

He called on members of the public to support government in its effort at ridding the state of crime, adding that the security situation and the ban will be reviewed from time to time.

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