Police To Begin Massive Arrest Of ‘Lawless’ Commercial Motorcyclists In Lagos

Imohimi Edgal
File photo of Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal.


Police authorities in Lagos State have concluded plans to commence massive arrest of unlawful commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders in the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said the arrests will commence from June 15 warning that the police would not only arrest unruly commercial motorcyclists but ensure that they face the full wrath of the law.

This is in view of the incident which occurred on May 30, where some commercial motorcyclists, attempted to burn Ibeshe Police Post but ended up burning a police patrol vehicle stationed at a black spot in the town.

The Police had earlier briefed commercial motorcyclists about this new enforcement, in a meeting.

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The Police spokesperson in the state, Chike Oti, on Sunday said the meeting was attended by Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos state (MOALS), Nagari Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NAMORA) and Okada Riders Welfare Association (ORWA).

During the meeting, the CP decried the attitude of some commercial motorcyclists who attacked members of the public or constituted authorities at the slightest disagreement.

Five resolutions were reached at the end of the meeting which would take effect from Friday, June 15.

“From June 15, any motorcycle without licence plate number will be impounded. All commercial motorcycle operators are restricted from plying the highways and the bridges.

“Every commercial motorcycle operator must register with any of the approved unions for accountability and easy identification.

“Every commercial motorcycle operator must wear an apron which must indicate the union he belongs and bear boldly, his identification number,” Oti listed the resolutions.

A joint task force, comprising the police, the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and members of the motorcycle unions has also been set up to oversee the implementation of the resolution reached and the enforcement of the Lagos State traffic laws.

Motorcyclists In Akure Protest Enforcement Of New Number Plate Purchase

motorcyclistsCommercial motorcyclists in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State have staged a street-wide protest against the demand by the officials of the State Ministry of Transport for the purchase of  a new number plate for their motorcycles.

The motorcyclists who staged the protest at the NEPA roundabout on Friday, said they paid a sum of 5,000 Naira to purchase the blue coloured number plate, only for the officials to ask them to pay another 5,000 Naira again for the red number plate,which is meant for commercial vehicles.

Security officials including the Police, Army and Civil Defence were however, on standby to ensure the protest does not get out of hand.

Some of the angry motorcyclists, who spoke to Channels Television, said they could not afford to pay another fee for the red number plates.

They, however, stressed that the government should give them the number plates without payment if the usage of the number plates was obligatory.

We Are Being Terrorised By Thugs, Okada Riders Tell Oshiomhole

Commercial motorcyclists, also called Okada riders, in Edo State have cried out to the state government over extortion and intimidation by alleged thugs in Benin City.

The motorcyclists stormed the Edo State Government House seeking clarification on whether or not the individuals collecting monies from them were agents of the government.

The cyclists claimed that they were regularly assaulted and beaten by thugs who also confiscate their motor bikes and demand that they paid monies ranging from N1,500 to N3,500 into certain bank accounts before they could retrieve their bikes.
They also alleged that they were being forced by these persons to buy reflective vests from them at exorbitant prices.

The Chief of Staff of the Edo State Government, Patrick Obahiagbon who received the protesters said the state government did not subscribe to intimidation and was not involved in the said levies.

He promised to summon all the union members to resolve the controversy.

Commercial motorcyclists in Kwara protest restriction

Business activities in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital was recently disrupted following a demonstration embarked upon by commercial motorcyclists in the state against government policy banning them from plying certain routes in the state capital.

The demonstration which lasted for about six hours started peacefully, but later turned violent as the angry protesters blocked major roads in the metropolis, causing series of traffic gridlocks.

The headquarters of the state road traffic management agency was attacked in the process, with the windows of some of its offices smashed, while a number of its operation vehicles were vandalized.

Meanwhile, the special adviser to the governor on transport and the state police public relations officer, who confirmed the arrest of some of the protesters, said they will be charged to court.