At least, seven commercial motorcyclists, popular known as okada riders, have began facing persecutions after they were arrested for allegedly attacking Lagos State Task force officials and severely injuring four men of the agency who were on enforcement against motorcyclists plying restricted routes in Lagos.
As gathered, the arrested men were arraigned before Lagos state environmental court sitting in Ogba axis of the state for disrupting enforcement agent’s of the government while clamping down on commercial motorcyclists around Oworonsoki, Adeniji Adele junction, Obalende, Falomo, Lekki Phase (1) and Ikoyi link-bridge area during the weekend.
The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the seven motorcycle operators were arrested after attacking officers of the agency with various weapons during enforcement against motorcyclists on restricted routes.
Through a statement issued from the office on Sunday, Egbeyemi alleged that four of his officers were severely injured by the arrested men, claimed to be armed with various weapons including stones, bottles and others, at Lekki Phase 1.
He also claimed that while two police officers got injured, the other two paramilitary officers were attacked with broken bottles on their legs.
The Taskforce boss hinted that 92 motorcycles were impounded from their riders plying restricted routes, including highways and bridges, during the enforcement process.
According to him, the state government would no longer tolerate any form of attack on officials and men of the agency.
“During the enforcement operations some suspected motorcyclists started shouting and calling the attention of their colleagues in their native language, thereafter other motorcycle operators from no where started throwing stones, bottles and Iron-rods at my Officers”
However, Egbeyemi, who sought members of the public corporation in curbing commercial motorcyclists’ menace in the state, condemned motorcycle operators mode of shuttling and struggling right of ways with motorists on Ikoyi link-bridge, Falomo, Lekki Phase 1, Adeniji Adele, including Obalende.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Zubairu Muazu, having been briefed of the incident, condemned the attack, just as he warned that the command under his watch would not tolerate criminal attacks and assault on its personnel and facilities.
The CP, however, directed Egbeyemi to charged arrested to court for prosecution and ensure that the unit continue with its enforcement across the state.