Task Force impounds more motorcycles in Lekki over Imoh’s death
Following the recent killing of a sound engineer, David Imoh, in Lagos by suspected commercial motorcyclists, the Lagos State Task Force has begun to rid the Lekki axis and the entire state of motorcycles operators who have refused to heed the warnings to go off the roads.
Leading yesterday’s exercise, the Chairman of the Task Force, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Shola Jejeloye, stormed the axis in a sting operation at midday and seized 115 motorcycles for operating on restricted routes and plying the state’s highways.
Jejeloye said that the agency will fulfil its promise by ensuring that the illegal business carried out by the operators is frustrated till they obey the laid down laws of the state.
“This operation will be a continuous one not just in Lekki, but in every part of the state. We will ensure that their activities are truncated, till they abide by the rules. They will never be above the law, no matter how large their numbers are,” he stated.
Jejeloye further appealed to Lagos residents to join hands with the government in ensuring that the fight to restore and maintain sanity on Lagos roads is won for the betterment of all, who reside or visit Lagos.
The chairman promised to raid black spots and hideouts of Okada operators within the axis and other parts of the state in the coming weeks, to make their illegal activities unproductive, and make the state harsh for any operator who has turned deaf ears to the warnings of the state government.
“More enforcement for compliance activities will be carried out in the coming days under the banner of Operation Kogberegbe to curb shady activities.
“It would no longer be business as usual for Okada in the state. “If they refuse to comply with the state’s best practices, by obeying the laws, then they will be arrested and prosecuted, while their motorcycles will be forfeited to the state government via the Court,” he declared.
MEANWHILE, the state government, yesterday, banned the operation of commercial motorcyclists in six local councils in the state.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said no commercial motorcyclists would be allowed to operate in any part of Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa Local Councils from June 1.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this at a meeting with Police Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOS) at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
“This is the phased banning that we are going to be embarking on so that others will know that in a short while, it is either they get out of business or look for something else to do,” he warned.