By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
To serve as deterrent to commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada riders, Lagos State Government has concluded plans to crush atleast 2500 okadas impounded across the state.
Also, operatives of the Lagos State Task Force has impounded 109 commercial motorcycles for operating on restricted routes at 2nd Rainbow end of Oshodi-Apapa expressway.
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed the number to be crushed during enforcement of the Lagos Traffic law that restricted commercial motorcycle operation on major highways within the state.
Egbeyemi said: “The over 2500 illegal commercial motorcycles impounded by our agency in the last three months (January to March 2019) will be crushed by the government.”
He noted that the about to crushed and newly impounded were done after several warnings to motorcycle riders to desist from operating on restricted routes, particularly highways and bridges across the State.
In a statement by Head, Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq, on Sunday, the chairman disclosed further that series of complaints received from the public on illegal and criminal activities perpetuated by these motorcycle operators is seriously alarming and must be checked.
“While some of them harass innocent members of the public at various Bus-Stop and others engage in all sorts of criminal acts by dispossessing their passengers of valuables such as phones, jewellery and bags. Also, motorists held in traffic both morning and night around these areas were not spared”
Egbeyemi stated that total clampdown on illegal activities of these motorcycle operators on restricted routes would be vigorously sustained with full support of other Divisional Police Officers and the Area Commanders across the State.
The Chairman warned dispatched riders using power bikes (200cc above) to desist from engaging in illegal commercial activities as anyone caught violating Lagos State Traffic Laws would be prosecuted.
He urged various motorcycle riders associations across the State to always on regular basis educate their members on all 475 restricted routes and the life threatening danger surrounding plying high-ways and bridges.