Those Doubting Tinubu’s Credentials Should Go To Court – Farouk Aliyu

A file photo of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

 

Farouk Aliyu has told those doubting the credentials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to seek redress in court. 

The former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives made the comment on Sunday amid claims that Tinubu falsified his academic qualifications.

“We have gone through this a very long time ago. Asiwaju Tinubu was governor in Lagos, a two-time governor. These issues have come up. What haven’t they said about Tinubu? What hasn’t he proved to the people? And look, that is the beauty of democracy,” he said during an interview on Channels Television Sunday Politics. 

“If anybody feels strongly that our candidate has no qualification to be president, he is entitled to go to court and challenge that.”

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Search For Running Mate

In this file photo, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Farouk Adamu Aliyu, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight on May 10, 2021.

 

Aliyu, who also spoke about the search for a running mate to the former Lagos State governor, said the decision lies with Tinubu. He stated that the APC is still consulting and reiterated that competence, not religion, will be the major determinant.

“So, if our party comes out with a Muslim candidate, so be it. We are going to make sure we win the election,” he maintained.

“And if in the wisdom of our candidate, he brings a Christian candidate, we are also going to make sure we win the election because, as I said before, it is not about the religion or where you come from. It is about competence.”

His remarks came hours after Tinubu said he is still in search of a running mate ahead of the general elections.

He spoke on Sunday during his keynote address at a book launch to mark the 60th birthday of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

“I could see a Deputy (Wase) sitting down there too, you are very good symbols of unity, dependability, and honesty, thank you. Thank you for both of you, you’ve not rocked the boat. I will need to learn from both of you, how you made the pair work because I’m still searching for my running mate,” Tinubu said at the event held in Abuja.

“What you did during my primary (APC presidential election) is a story for another day. I’ve spent more time, too many times and people might be bored, they might be envious too, they might be jealous. I won a landslide, I thank you.

“Femi, with your determination, and reach, you are a contributor to our democratic growth, thank you. It is about charting a path to success, you’ve done a good job and I say thank you, thank you.”

Flooding: Lagos Govt To Divert Traffic In Ogba For Installation Of Concrete Culvert

File photo of a flooded road in Lagos.

 

The Lagos State Government will on Tuesday, June 28 divert the traffic along Oba Ogunji Road, Ogba for one week for the installation of a precast concrete culvert across Metal Box Road.

The Commissioner for Transportation in the state, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, saying that said that the diversion would continue till Tuesday, July 5.

He stated that the diversion was necessary to provide lasting solutions to the flooding issues on some roads in the metropolis.

While advising motorists in the affected area to utilise Acme, Wempco, Akilo, and Ijaiye roads to connect to their desired destinations, the commissioner noted that only Metal Box Road would be barricaded from traffic, stressing that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) would be on the ground to manage movement and minimise inconveniences.

Oladeinde called for more understanding from motorists, noting that the current weather conditions had necessitated such steps.

Over 5,000 Lagosians To Get Free Health Insurance On Sanwo-Olu’s Birthday

In this file photo, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks at an event on December 7, 2021.

No fewer than 5,000 Lagosians are to be enrolled in the Ilera Eko Social Health Plan courtesy of the Lagos State Executive Council.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, who said the move is to celebrate Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s 57th birthday on June 25 and also in the spirit of his compassion for the indigent and vulnerable.

“Beneficiaries will have access to quality health care services and drugs under the ILERA EKO Standard Plan at no cost to them,” Omotoso said in the statement.

“Nominees will be selected from the Lagos State Social Protection Register. An equal number of the 5000 eligible beneficiaries are to be selected from the five IBILE divisions of the State and will enjoy Universal Health Coverage.

“These beneficiaries have been identified using a multi-dimensional poverty index tool, which includes the poverty means-testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and validity of the data generated.”

The selected beneficiaries will commence access to care from July 1, 2022.

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5000 LAGOSIANS GET FREE HEALTH INSURANCE ON SANWO-OLU’S BIRTHDAY

No fewer than 5000 Lagosians are to be enrolled in the Ilera Eko Social Health Plan – courtesy of the Lagos State Executive Council.

The gesture is to celebrate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s 57th birthday on June 25 and in the spirit of his compassion for the indigent and vulnerable.

Beneficiaries will have access to quality health care services and drugs under the ILERA EKO Standard Plan at no cost to them.

Nominees will be selected from the Lagos State Social Protection Register. An equal number of the 5000 eligible beneficiaries are to be selected from the five IBILE divisions of the State and will enjoy Universal Health Coverage.

These beneficiaries have been identified using a multi-dimensional poverty index tool, which includes the poverty means-testing to ensure accuracy, reliability and validity of the data generated.

ILERA EKO is the State Social Health Insurance Plan managed by Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), which offers the basic minimum health plan that provides quality and affordable healthcare for all Lagos residents, especially the middle and low-income earners as well as the vulnerable.

Services on the Plan include: General consultations; Specialist Consultations; Management of uncomplicated chronic diseases (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma); Maternal and Newborn Care; Normal Delivery and Caesarean Section; Dental Care (with Composite filling) and Eye Care, including glasses.

There are also minor and major surgeries; laboratory tests and scans; HIV/TB Testing services; Emergency Health Services; Cancer Care and the provision of prescribed drugs.

A policy cycle under the ILERA EKO Health Insurance Plan runs for 12 calendar months in which an enrolee’s policy is due for renewal before the 25th day of the 12th month to enable such subscribers have access to care the next month (Start of renewed policy cycle).

The selected beneficiaries will commence access to care from July 1, 2022.

Gbenga Omotoso
Commissioner for Information & Strategy

VIDEO: Tinubu Arrives In Lagos After Winning APC Presidential Ticket 

 

Bola Tinubu has arrived in Lagos State, days after clinching the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections. 

The former Lagos State governor arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala International Airport at 15:30pm on Sunday. Tinubu was received to a rousing welcome from hundreds of party supporters and is now on the way to the Palace of the Oba of Lagos.


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A file photo of APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu.

He arrived in the company of the governors of Kano and Imo states, Abdullahi Ganduje and Hope Uzodimma respectively.

A former governor of Borno State, Ahmed Shettima, as well as some party leaders at the national level were also with him.

‘Lagos Deserves Better Than Okada,’ Govt Crushes 2,228 Impounded Motorcycles

 

The Lagos State government has insisted that there is no going back on its decision to rid six local government areas and nine local council development areas of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as okada.

In a bid to actualise its objective, the government says it is already crunching commercial motorcycles numbering 2,228.

These motorcycles impounded by the Lagos State Task Force are being crushed in an undisclosed location in the state, said Mr Gboyega Akosile who is the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

 

According to Akosile who shared a video of the crushing of the impounded motorcycles via Twitter on Friday, Lagos deserves better than okada.

He stated that the enforcement exercise would continue until the affected local government areas and local council development areas were rid of commercial motorcycles.

The affected local government areas include Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa.

A screenshot taken on June 3, 2022, shows a site where hundreds of motorcycles are being crushed by the Lagos State government.

 

The government had announced a total ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles in the areas effective from June 1, following concerns raised over the security and safety of the residents.

It stated that compliance was significant and assured residents that it would not leave them to their own devices.

A crane lifts taxi motorcycles, popularly called Okada, to be crusched that were seized by the Lagos Environmental Task Force following a ban on bike transport in Lagos on June 3, 2022. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP
A crane lifts taxi motorcycles, popularly called Okada, to be crusched that were seized by the Lagos Environmental Task Force following a ban on bike transport in Lagos on June 3, 2022. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

The government had vowed to work towards the achievement of an efficient intermodal transportation system – water, rail, and road – that would be the ‘pride of all’.

It announced the rolled out of alternatives, including many small buses, taxi cabs under the LAGRIDE scheme, and the deployment of more ferries on waterways, to cushion the likely effects of the ban in the affected areas.

Okada Ban: Lagos Govt To Crush Seized Motorcycles

A file photo of scores of motorcycles seized by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Taskforce).

 

The Lagos State Government says commercial motorcycles seized during the enforcement of the ban on okada will be crushed.

This is according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotosho as the ban on okada in six local government councils of the state took effect.

“Law enforcement agencies seized many motorcycles today,” the commissioner said. “They will all be crushed on Friday in the presence of the media.”

According to him, as part of moves to cushion the impact of the ban, the Lagos State Government is ramping up plans for alternatives.

“Many small buses, under the First Mile and Last Mile Scheme, were rolled out extensively in Surulere, Gbagada, Lekki, Lagos Island, and other parts of Lagos,” he said.

“A number of taxi cabs under the LAGRIDE scheme were deployed in Lagos Island, Ikeja, Surulere, Lekki, and other places.

“The waterways were also busy as Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) put more ferries on their routes.”

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‘We Are Law-Abiding’

This comment is the latest from the government since it imposed a ban on commercial motorcycles last month. There was a high level of compliance with the ban across the affected areas as the government began enforcement on Wednesday.

While the move generate debates across the state, the Arewa Community in Lagos threw its weight behind it. In the wake of the development, the group said its members will comply with the ban, calling on security agencies to tighten border checks.

“We resolved today unanimously that all our members must comply with the provisions of the laws of Lagos State. We are law-abiding and we will always continue to intimate on all our members to continue to be law-abiding and operate only within the ambits of the law,” the group’s Secretary-General, Alhaji Musa Saleh, said on May 22.

“We support all measures taken by the Lagos State Government in its efforts towards protecting the life and properties of all Lagosians.”

Lagos APC Guber Primary Poll Begins As Sanwo-Olu Battles Two Others

Governor Sanwo-Olu is seeking a second term in office. [email protected] jidesanwoolu

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Lagos State has commenced with an accreditation exercise at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan Stadium.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are on the ground for the event. APC supporters are also gathered at the venue to take part in the voting exercise.

The Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is contesting for the 2023 governorship seat, is also present. The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila is also at the Onikan Stadium.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu as well as two other aspirants –  former Commissioner of Energy, Mister Wale Oluwo;  former Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Energy, Mister Mustapha Olorunfemi, who both served during the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode  –  are all contesting for the governorship position in Lagos State under the party.

Five delegates from 245 across 20 recognised local government areas – totalling 1,225 delegates –  are expected to cast their votes.

Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly primaries is ongoing in different wards across the southwest state.

I’ll Ensure Nigeria Realises Its Full Potential, Osinbajo Tells Lagos Delegates

File Photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that he will serve the nation through transparency and honesty by ensuring that he does everything within his power to make the country realise its full potential.

He stated this on Wednesday when he visited the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.

The Vice President’s visit is ahead of Sunday’s presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as he completed his nationwide visits to canvass for the votes of delegates in the 36 states of the federation, and the FCT, Abuja.

Earlier on Wednesday, the VP was also in Benue where he got an exciting reception on arrival at the Airforce Base, Makurdi. He was received by APC chieftains in the State and officials of the Benue State government.

Excited residents and groups, including a traditional troupe, also came out en masse to welcome the VP to the State capital.

In Lagos, the VP received a rousing welcome right from the presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammad Airport, Ikeja, and then to the venue of the delegates’ event, where, aside from the thousands congregated inside, a mammoth crowd had camped outside several hours earlier in the morning, anticipating the VP’s arrival. It was the same level of excitement when the VP’s convoy drove all the way to the palace of the Oba of Lagos.

At the courtesy visit to the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1, the Vice President recalled that “as I said to the delegates, my intention is to serve this country, honestly, transparently and to do everything in my power to make sure that this country realizes its full potential.

“There is every reason to do that for our country. We must be able to serve this country in such a way and do everything – youth employment, security, the economy, and so many things that the President has focused on in the last seven years. This is the reason why I’m running.”

Welcoming the Vice President, the Oba described him as a complete gentleman to the core and recalled how he was a law student taught by Prof. Osinbajo.

According to the Lagos monarch, “the VP taught me about the evidence of striking similarities’ at the University of Lagos.”

He added, “Yesterday, I was 19 years on this enviable throne. Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and the VP (as Attorney-General of Lagos State) played important roles in me becoming the Oba”.

The rousing receptions in both Benue and Lagos States were a fitting climax to the robust nationwide consultations of the Vice President with stakeholders and delegates of the ruling party.

When Prof. Osinbajo arrived at the venue of the Lagos APC meeting in the evening, the atmosphere took the form of a festival with singing and dancing, and the outpouring of massive affection, admiration, and support for the VP and his presidential bid. He was received at the venue of the event in Oregun by a coterie of State officials and supporters led by Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat.

Addressing delegates and members of the APC family in Lagos, Prof. Osinbajo said he has “come home to celebrate with his brothers and sisters and to thank God for all that He has done and all He will yet do.”

“I’m not here for a campaign, I’m not here for a consultation, I’m just home to celebrate with my brothers and sisters of Lagos State.

“But I want to say to you that we have ahead of us, a new Nigeria and I’m completely certain that God helping us, we will get to that new Nigeria,” he added.

Restating the reason he is running for President, Prof. Osinbajo told delegates that, having served under President Muhammadu Buhari as Vice President for seven years and counting, he will continue to give his best in service to the country.

“The truth of the matter is that God does not makes mistakes. He gave me those experiences and allowed me to serve as Vice President because a time will come when our country will need new leadership. And that time has come. It is time, now. You will agree that someone with seven years’ experience will be better than someone with no experience at all.”

“God helping me and us, by the grace of God, we will achieve this aim of bringing about a new Nigeria and that all of us who are here, will see that new Nigeria… I know we will have the massive support of all our delegates on Sunday at the primaries because everyone wants a new Nigeria.

“We want a Nigeria that will be secure, where there will be enough employment for our young people, a Nigeria that has a secure economy, where young men and women will fulfill their ambitions here in this country. And I’m sure that we can achieve that. But Sunday is only the beginning. We will win by the grace of God, and we will go on to win the general elections for our great party the APC, in Jesus’ mighty name.”

“Today is not the day for speeches, it’s just a day for celebration. So let us just celebrate,” the VP concluded, with a Yoruba song loosely translated as “higher and higher we will go.”

Prof. Osinbajo also acknowledged the unity of diverse ethnic communities present at the event – including Hausa (Arewa) and Igbo groups, and the rousing reception he received from them in Lagos.

The VP also specially acknowledged the Chief Imam of the Lagos House of Assembly, whom he noted “has championed the course of my presidential bid and a new Nigeria especially all around the South West.”

While addressing the excited audience earlier, the Chief Imam said “Nigeria is a country we must be ready to build. We are promoting the new vision, extending the hand of charity, and helping Nigerians regardless of their tribe, language or their religion.

“We are happy to be members of the New Tribe and that’s what our Vice President represents. We thank God for his life and we are now going to be prayerful that God shall fulfill his mandate.”

In his remarks, the representative of the Arewa community, Ali Bashir, urged APC delegates to do their work well to ensure Prof. Osinbajo emerges successfully as the APC presidential candidate.

According to him, “we are waiting for the delegates to play their role while we play our part. We are here to celebrate ahead of victory, Insha Allah.

“The Arewa community is solidly behind you. We see the zeal, ability, capability, and competency in you. We see the footsteps which will take this country to the desired light. We believe you are the pilot who can really take Nigeria to greater heights.”

Other speakers also expressed their solidarity and support for the Vice President’s candidacy, including the representative of the Igbo community.

Earlier in Benue yesterday, after his interactions with APC stakeholders and delegates in the State, the VP said he was “very satisfied with the engagements and the partnership not just for now, but for the future.”

Speaking further on the forthcoming APC presidential primaries, the Vice President told the Benue delegates that their votes at the weekend will affect the country for good.

“In other words, it will affect our country permanently. It will affect our country and generations to come. It shouldn’t be just a sentimental decision,” the VP urged.

He said the question should be “do you think that this person can do the work? Do you think he will do it honestly, transparently, and put everything into it?”

The VP who started the day from Abuja to Benue State and then Lagos State returned to Abuja last night.

Lagos4Lagos Visioner Jandor Wins PDP Guber Primary Election

Jandor Adediran. [email protected]

 

The Convener of the Lagos4Lagos Movement Olajide Adediran has won the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State held on Wednesday. 

While announcing the result of the poll, the returning officer Emmanuel Ogidi said Adediran, who is also known as Jandor, polled 679 votes to beat his closest rival David Vaughan who got 20 votes.

According to the returning officer, 775 ad hoc delegates were supposed to participate in the primary election. However, 709 of them were accredited.

“The total number of accredited voters is 709, and Olajide Adediran got 679 votes, David Kolawole Vaughan had 20, and we had 10 voided votes,” he said while declaring the result.

“Having satisfied all the requirements in our guidelines, I want to announce Dr Olajide Adediran as our candidate after scoring the highest votes of 679.

“He is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”

Earlier, four other contestants Olanrewaju Jim-Kamal, Adedeji Doherty, Ade Dosunmu, and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, pulled out of the exercise.

‘We Can Rescue Lagos’

In this file photo, Mr Olajide Adediran (aka Jandor), flanked by some PDP governors and leaders, is received into the opposition party’s fold in Lagos on January 21, 2022.

 

Jandor’s victory followed his defection, alongside his supporters, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP. He was formally received into the main opposition party by the National Chairman of the PDP  Iyorchia Ayu in January.

At the event held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Adediran said he joined the PDP to add value to the party. His defection, he maintained, would strengthen the PDP as the battle for the 2023 polls begins.

The PDP chairman also spoke at the event, maintaining that the party will take over Lagos.

“PDP loves Lagos. We love Nigerians. We want Lagos to return to Lagosians and we want Nigeria to belong to Nigerians,” said the PDP national chairman.

“Today, I know you are not happy. You are not happy that you gave your lives to people who deceived you about change. Are you enjoying the change now? How much is a bag of rice today?

“Today, we are happy to join Lagosians to welcome Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran to the PDP so that together, we can rescue Lagos State and rescue Nigeria from the throes of economic hardship.”

Policeman Who Defiled Schoolgirl Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court sitting in Ikeja has convicted and sentenced a dismissed policeman, Mohammed Alidu, to life imprisonment for defiling a nine-year-old- schoolgirl.

Justice Abiola Soladoye handed down the verdict on Monday after holding that the prosecution had convincingly proven the charge of defilement against the convict beyond all reasonable doubt.

The prosecution team, led by Mrs Olusola Soneye, had informed the judge during trial that the convict committed the offence on June 29, 2018, at Makinde Police Barracks Road, Mafoluku, Oshodi in Lagos.

Mrs Soneye said that Alidu abducted the survivor on her way to school and took her into a wooden house after which he defiled her.

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The prosecutor disclosed that the convict was apprehended after the survivor reported the incident to the police.

She also said that the convict confessed to defiling the survivor and blamed it on the devil but later denied it as an afterthought.

Four witnesses testified against the policeman during the trial, and he testified on his own behalf.

In her judgment, Justice Soladoye held that the convict was a disgrace to the police because he failed to uphold law and order.

The judge also noted that the survivor’s evidence was fully corroborated by the medical evidence.

“The evidence of the survivor is the most credible in identifying the perpetrator,” the judge said. “The vivid and oral testimony of the survivor satisfies the court that the prosecution has proved every inch of the ingredients.

“He is a disgrace to the entire police because he failed to uphold law and order as he went on a frolic of his own by engaging in bizarre and irresponsible behaviour and turning the barracks into a sex den. It is most chilling.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment without the option of a fine. He should have his name entered in the Sex Offenders Register of the Lagos State government.”

Be Wary Of Unlicensed E-Hailing Operators, Lagos Govt Warns Residents

Logo of Lagos State Government

 

The Lagos State Government on Sunday warned residents to be wary of unlicensed e-hailing operators.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, issued the warning via a statement, saying the operators pose security threats to the safety of lives and property within the state.

“The state government has observed high levels of non-compliance by some unlicensed operators who flagrantly violate the guidelines developed to regulate their activities,” the statement read in part.

He expressed the state government’s displeasure over the refusal of the App owners and partners (drivers) to comply with the law guiding their operation in the wake of criminal activities, lamenting the use of unauthorised operators by driver-partners and the commuting public.

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Oladeinde urged residents to ensure that they patronise only the licensed operators as many of the unauthorised operators do not have a traceable operational base within the state in case of emergencies or safety concerns.

This is even as he explained that the state government has held a series of meetings geared toward compliance with the regulations guiding e-hailing operations within the metropolis.

He “declared that only eight out of the several e-hailing operators are registered and recognised by the state government”.

The Commissioner listed “Lagos Ride, Uber, Bolt, Let Me Run, Global Taxi, Zoom Run, Treepz (Plenty Waka) and Shuttlers as the lawful e-hailing operators recognised and licensed to operate in Lagos by the Lagos State Government”.

However, he noted that In-drivers, Rida, and others are not licensed, urging anyone transacting business with them to be wary.

While warning that the state government will soon commence a clampdown on the violating operators, the commissioner asked Lagos residents to report any e-Hailing operators different from the ones listed above to the Ministry of Transportation, Alausa, Ikeja, or call 08034545123.

He equally maintained that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration will not relent in its effort to make Lagos State safe for all.

Lagos Bans ‘Okada’ Operation In Six LGAs

A file photo of scores of motorcycles seized by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Taskforce).

 

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday banned commercial motorcycles, also known as Okada, from operating in six local government areas of the state. 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the ban during a meeting with police chiefs in the state, saying it is “total and indefinite”. The affected local councils are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa, the governor said.

“After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six local government areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated,” Sanwo-Olu was quoted as saying in a statement issued after the meeting.

“We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six local government and their local council development areas, effective from June 1, 2022.”

‘Lives Are Being Lost’

Governor Sanwo-Olu during the meeting.

 

He said the move will be extended to other areas of the state within a short while.

“This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do,” he added.

Sanwo-Olu, who maintained that the recent move is in line with the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, called on the police to enforce the ban without compromise.

He also advised residents of the state patronising Okada riders on the highways to embrace alternative means of transportation provided by the government.  This, he said, becomes important, as motorcycles are an unsafe mode of transportation.

“We have provided Last-Mile buses in the affected areas; they are working and effective. We also have medium-capacity buses and high-capacity buses working in these areas. Before the end of the year, we are also bringing the rail along these corridors with their terminals. We have provided jetties as well to provide alternatives,” Sanwo-Olu reiterated.

“We will not sit back and watch criminally-minded people use that mode of transportation (motorcycles) to perpetrate crimes and criminality in Lagos. Lives are being lost on a daily basis, preventable accidents are happening every day and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws.

“The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order. This ban has come to stay and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement.”