Lagos task force impounds 322 motorcycles in Apapa, Ajah, others
• Okada passengers risk three months jail term, warns Jejeloye
Lagos State Task Force has carried out a week-long raid in parts of the state to rid the state of illegal commercial motorcycle activities on major highways across the state.
The exercise spearheaded by the chairman of the Agency, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Shola Jejeloye, took place in Agege/Fagba, Apapa and Ajah, where pockets of activities by Okada operators had been seen and reported to the Agency.
Speaking of the incidents, Jejeloye vowed that all impounded motorcycles will be crushed, while those who failed to adhere to the ban will be arrested.
He said: “We have carried out marathon raids across the state because sightings have been made of pockets of Okada operations in some of the areas visited, mostly in the evenings and during the day to ensure that the ban on their activities is completely achieved.
“A total number of 322 motorcycles have been seized since the commencement of the week-long raid.
“More raids will be carried out in the coming days and we will ensure that we hit them in their strongholds and cripple their activities. No commercial motorcycle operator, violating the State’s Traffic Laws will be spared till total compliance is attained.”
Jejeloye advised Lagosians in the habit of patronising Okada operators to desist forthwith, to avoid being arrested and prosecuted.
“Both passengers and riders are culpable if found operating on restricted routes. Both face a penalty of either three months jail terms, an N50,000 fine by the court, or both if found guilty.
“Residents should embrace alternative means of transportation which are safer, more presentable and in line with the state’s vision of being one of the top metropolitan cities in the world,” he added.