Be Warned! Lagos Bans ‘Okada,’ ‘Keke’ From Major Roads, Highways, Bridges

A file photo of commercial motorcycles.

 

 

The Lagos State government has placed a ban on motorcycles and tricycles popularly known as ‘okada’ and ‘keke,’ in various local government areas of the state.

In the restriction order sent to Channels Television on Monday, the government asked motorcycle and tricycle operators to refrain from operating on major roads in Lagos.

The order, captioned “Lagos Govt Has Banned Okada and Keke Marwa From Plying The Roads … Be Warned’, also listed highways and bridges as routes where motorcycles and tricycles movement were restricted.

See the full list of roads, highways, and bridges affected below:

MAJOR HIGHWAYS

  1. Lagos Ibadan Expressway
  2. Apapa Oshodi Expressway
  3. Oworoshoki Oshodi Expressway
  4. Lagos Ikorodu Expressway
  5. Lagos Abeokuta Expressway
  6. Babangida Bouleverde
  7. Eti-Osa Lekki Epe Expressway
  8. Lagos Badagry Express
  9. Funsho Williams Avenue
  10. Agege motor Road
  11. Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road

 

BRIDGES

  1. Iyana-Ipaja Bridge, Agege/Alimosho Local Government
  2. Dopemu Bridge, Agege/Alimosho Local Government
  3. Airport/Ikeja Bridge, Ikeja Local Government
  4. Agege Motor Road/Oshodi Loop, Oshodi, Ikeja/Mushin Local Government
  5. Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge, Mushin Oshodi Local Government
  6. Dorman Long Bridge Surulere/Lagos Mainland Local Government
  7. Ojuelegba Bridge, Surulere/Lagos Mainland Local Government
  8. National Stadium Flyover, Surulere Local Government
  9. Iganmu/Funsho Williams Bridge Surulere Local Government
  10. Apapa – Iganmu Bridge Surulere Local Government
  11. Apapa – Ijora Link Bridge, Apapa/Lagos Mainland Local Government
  12. Liverpool Bridge, Apapa, Apapa Local Government
  13. Mile 2 Bridge Loop, Amuwo-Odofin, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government
  14. Okota (Cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge Mushin/Oshodi-Isolo Local Government
  15. Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network, Mushin/Oshodi/Isolo Local Government
  16. Ikorodu Road/Anthony Cloverleaf Bridge Somolu/Ikeja Local Government
  17. Trade Fair Flyover Bridge, Ojo Local Government
  18. Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge Amuwo Odofin Local Government
  19. 2 Flyover bridges along Alhaji Masha Rd, Surulere Local Government
  20. Ojota Clover Leaf Bridge, Kosofe/Ikeja Local Government
  21. Ogudu Bridge Kosofe Local Government
  22. 3rd Mainland Bridge Lagos Island/Mainland/Somolu Local Government
  23. Maryland flyover Ikeja/Somolu Local Government
  24. Ikeja/General Hospital flyover Bridge Ikeja Local Government
  25. Kodesho Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja, Ikeja Local Government
  26. Opebi Link Bridge, Ikeja Local Government
  27. Sheraton-Opebi Bridge, Ikeja Local Government
  28. Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge, Lagos Mainland Local Government
  29. Carter Bridge Lagos, Lagos Mainland Local Government
  30. Bariga-Ifako Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
  31. Apapa – OShodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
  32. Bariga/Oworonshoki Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
  33. Apapa – Oshodi Expressway/3rd Mainland Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
  34. Apapa – Oshodi Expressway/3rd mainland Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
  35. 3rd mainland/Oworonshoki Bridge Kosofe Local Government
  36. Eko Bridge Lagos Island/Lagos Mainland Local Government
  37. Apongbon flyover, Bridge Lagos Island Local Government
  38. Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess) Lagos Island/Eti-Osa Local Government.
  39. McWen Bridge (Bonny camp) Eti-Osa Local Government.
  40. Marina/Ikoyi Bridge Lagos Island/Eti-Osa Local Government.
  41. Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge Eti-Osa Local Government.

 

OTHER ROADS

AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Oba Ogunji Road
  2. Old Abeokuta Road
  3. Capital Road
  4. Alfa Nla Road
  5. Oko-Oba Road
  6. Akilo Street
  7. Agunbiade Road
  8. Ogba Road
  9. Ipaja Road
  10. Maricas Road
  11. Oyewole Road
  12. Arigbanla Street
  13. Dopemu Road
  14. Oke-koto Road
  15. Oniwaya Road
  16. Adebisi Awosoga Street
  17. Old Ota Road
  18. Ijaiye Road
  19. Akin Doherty Road
  20. Amoo Street
  21. Pen Cinema Round About
  22. Surulere Street
  23. Agbedeji Street
  24. Ayige Street
  25. Sule Street
  26. Ashipa Street
  27. Salawu Street

 

AJEROMI-IFELODUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Baale Adeyemo Street
  2. Mba/Cardoso Street up to Ota Wharf
  3. Mobile Road Up To Boundary Road
  4. Boundary Road – Aiyeke Bridge – Tolu Bus/Stop
  5. Wilmer Crescent
  6. Industry Road
  7. Achapo Road/New Road
  8. Idewu Street
  9. Baale Adeyemo Road
  10. Malu/Mobile Road
  11. Ojo Road
  12. Cemetery/Mosafejo/Alaba Road
  13. Bakare/faro road

 

APAPA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Creek Road
  2. Wharf Road
  3. Burma Road
  4. Randle Road
  5. Marine Road
  6. Kofo Abayomi Road
  7. Liverpool Road
  8. Point Road
  9. Park lane
  10. Itapeju Avenue
  11. Entire Network of Road in Apapa GRA
  12. Dock Yard Road
  13. Oduduwa Road
  14. Ladipo Oluwole Road
  15. Bonny Road
  16. Commercial Road
  17. Malu/Mobile Road
  18. Warehouse Road
  19. Orile – Igamu Road

 

ALIMOSHO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Ipaja – Ayobo Road
  2. Okoro Road
  3. Egbeda – Idimu Road
  4. Egbeda – Akowonjo Road
  5. Iyana – Ipaja – Idimu Road
  6. Idimu – Ipaja – Idimu Road
  7. LASU – Iba Road
  8. Ikotun – Egbe Road
  9. Ipaja Road
  10. Igando Road
  11. Egbe – Idimu Road
  12. Old Ota Road
  13. Meiran Road
  14. Ayobo Road
  15. Ajasa/command Road
  16. Baruwa Road
  17. Liasu Road
  18. Governor’s Road
  19. Abaranje Road
  20. Ijegun Road
  21. Shasha Road
  22. Baruwa/Aina Obembe Road
  23. Adefemi Road, Ipaja
  24. Go ye Road

 

AMUWO-ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  1. Oshodi – Apapa Expressway
  2. Durbar Road/Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Road
  3. The Entire Network of Roads in Festac Town
  4. Circular Road
  5. The entire Network of Road in Zones A, B, C & D of Amuwo Odofin Low Cost Housing Estate
  6. Old Ojo Road
  7. Mumuni Adio Bodmus way
  8. Lagos Badagry Expressway

 

BADAGRY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Lagos Badagry Expressway from Eric Moore to Seme Road
  2. Badagry Roundabout to Top Road
  3. Joseph Dosu Road

 

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD) ROADS

  1. Inner Marina
  2. Broad Street
  3. Nnamdi Azikwe Street
  4. King George V Road
  5. Idumagbo Avenue
  6. Outer Marina
  7. Adeniji Adele Street
  8. Martins Street
  9. Balogun Street
  10. Odunlami Street
  11. Ereko Road
  12. New Balogun Street
  13. Campbell Street
  14. Breadfruit Street
  15. Abibu Oki Street
  16. Davies Street
  17. Kakawa Street
  18. Force Road
  19. Oloto/Fasbery Road

 

EPE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Femi Agbalajobi
  2. Ayetoro Road
  3. Hospital Road
  4. Marina Road
  5. Central Mosque Road
  6. Kasali Oluwa Street
  7. Ekundayo Street
  8. Lagos Road
  9. Ijebu to Itoikin Road from Agbowa to Itoikin
  10. Omu-Ijebu to Ketu Roundabout
  11. Ketu Roundabout to Ejinrin Town
  12. Ota Road
  13. Olofin Road
  14. Orungbo – Ido Road
  15. Agbowa – Ikosi Road
  16. Ketu Roundabout to Epe
  17. Ketu Roundabout Itoikin

 

ETI-OSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. The entire Network of Roads and bridges in Ikoyi Obalende and Victoria Island Local Council Development Areas
  2. Eti-Osa – Lekki – Epe Expressway

 

IFAKO-IJAYE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA/OJODU/OJOKORO LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREA

  1. Ogunnusi Road
  2. Lateef Jakande Road
  3. College Road
  4. Jonathan Coker Street
  5. Iju Road
  6. WEMPCO Road
  7. ACME Road
  8. New Oko-Oba Road
  9. Lagos Abeokuta Expressway
  10. Agbado Road
  11. Baale Animashaun Road
  12. Yaya Abatan Road

 

IKEJA LOCA GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Lagos Ibadan Expressway (from Lagos Boundary to Lagos and Toll Gate)
  2. Sheraton Link Bridge
  3. Oba Akran Avenue
  4. Obafemi Awolowo Way
  5. Kudirat Abiola Road
  6. Moboloaji Bank-Anthony Road
  7. Lateef Jakande Road
  8. Nurudeen Olowopopo Drive
  9. Otunba Jobi Fele Way
  10. Allen Avenue
  11. Opebi Road
  12. Secretariat Road
  13. Mobolaji Johnson Road
  14. Osho Street
  15. Hakeem Balogun Road
  16. IPM Way
  17. Ashabi Cole Street
  18. Toyin Street
  19. Entire Ikeja GRA Road Network
  20. ACME Road
  21. WEMPCO Road
  22. Oduduwa Road
  23. Isaac John Street
  24. Alausa Secretariat Perimeter Road Network
  25. Simbiat Abiola Road
  26. Kaffi Street
  27. Opebi Link Bridge
  28. Ikosi Road
  29. Adeniyi Jones Avenue
  30. Entire Alausa CBO
  31. Ladipo Oluwole Avenue
  32. ASBFI Road
  33. Olowu Street
  34. Ola Ayindan Street
  35. Unity Road
  36. Armoire Avenue
  37. Ijaola Street
  38. Iyaoloye Crescent
  39. Olu Akerele Street
  40. Emmanuel Street
  41. Odo-Iyalaro Underbridge
  42. Olotunbosun Street

 

IKORODU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Ikorodu Road (from Mile12 to Ikorodu Benson Roundabout)
  2. Ipakodo – Ibesha Road
  3. Lagos – Ikorodu Express Road
  4. T.O.S Benson Road
  5. Oba Sekumade Road
  6. Lagos – Shagamu Road
  7. Obafemi Awolowo Road
  8. Ikorodu – Itoikin Road
  9. Igbogbo Road
  10. Ayangburen Road
  11. Alhaji Street

 

IKOYI/OBALENDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Alfred Rewane Road
  2. Glover Road
  3. Alexander Road
  4. Awolowo Road
  5. Bourdillon Road
  6. Gerald Road
  7. Osborne Road Estate 1 & 2
  8. Lugard Avenue
  9. Olu Holloway Road
  10. Bayo Kuku Street
  11. Oba Adeyinka Oyekan Avenue
  12. Mobolaji Johnson Road
  13. Club Road
  14. Federal Secretariat Road
  15. Thomson Avenue
  16. Lateef Jakande Avenue
  17. Moore Road
  18. Oyinkan Abayomi Road
  19. Maroko Close
  20. Adeyemi Lawson Street
  21. Femi Okunnu Road
  22. Jabita Close
  23. Onikoyi/Turnbull Road
  24. Iru Close
  25. Ajayi Bembe Street
  26. Entire Park view Estate Road
  27. Awori Road
  28. HFP Way
  29. HEP Road
  30. Lawrence Road
  31. Reeve Road
  32. St. Gregory Street
  33. Ribadu Road
  34. Raymond Njoku Street
  35. Okotie Eboh Street
  36. Keffi Street
  37. Norman Williams Street
  38. Ilabere Avenue
  39. Oloto Road
  40. Ojora Road
  41. McPherson Avenue
  42. Olanijonyin Avenue
  43. Owena Street
  44. Agodogba Road
  45. Moboloaji Johnson Road
  46. Bedwell Road
  47. Murtala Muhammed Roa
  48. Obalende Road
  49. Toyan Street
  50. Odo Street
  51. Awolowo Road
  52. Bankole Oki Road
  53. Ademola Street
  54. Turnbull Road
  55. Cameroon Road
  56. Yemi Cardoso
  57. Banana Estate
  58. Dolphin Duplex
  59. Dolphin High Rise
  60. Alhaji Kannike Street
  61. Igbo Street
  62. Moshalashi Street
  63. Eleshin Road
  64. Ajeniya Street
  65. Dr Bode Olajumoke Street
  66. Alhaji Bashorun Close
  67. Alhaji Alade Odenewu Street
  68. Aromire Close
  69. Barrow Avenue
  70. Olofin Street
  71. Lalupon Street

 

KOSOFE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Ogudu Alapere Expressway (from Toll Gate to 3rd Mainland Bridge)
  2. Ogudu Road
  3. Demurin Street
  4. Alapere Road
  5. CMD Road
  6. Doyin Omololu Street
  7. Davies Street
  8. 50 Metres from Ikorodu Road on Ikosi Road
  9. Omololu Street
  10. Diya Street
  11. Williams Street

 

LAGOS ISLAND AREA

  1. The entire network of roads and bridges in Lagos Island East and Lagos Island West Local Government

 

LAGOS MAINLAND LGA

  1. Herbert Macaulay Way
  2. Barikisu Iyede Street
  3. Murtala Muhammed way
  4. Third Mainland Bridge
  5. Ijora Causeway
  6. Commercial Avenue
  7. Old Yaba Road
  8. Sabo Round About
  9. University Road
  10. Abule – Ijesha Road
  11. Harvey Road
  12. Montgomery Road
  13. Onike Iwaya Road
  14. Morocco Road
  15. Aje Street
  16. Musiliu Smith Road
  17. Hughes Avenue
  18. Birrel Avenue
  19. Hussey Road
  20. Oweh Street
  21. Aggrey Road
  22. Borno Way
  23. Apapa Road
  24. Jibowu Street
  25. Iwaya Road
  26. Okobaba Street
  27. Cemetery Street
  28. Freeman Street

 

MUSHIN /ODI-OLOWO AREA

  1. Agege Motor Road (From Mangoro to Moshalasi Junction) Both
  2. Fatai Atere Way(Okada Only)
  3. Idi-Araba Street
  4. Ilupeju Bypass(Both)
  5. Itire Road(Okada Only)
  6. Palm Avenue(Okada)
  7. Ladipo Street(Okada Only)
  8. Layi Oyekanmi Street(Okada Only)
  9. Olateju Street(Okada Only)
  10. Isolo Road
  11. Ojekunle Road
  12. Ilasamanja Road(Okada Only)
  13. Ogunmokun Street(Okada Only)
  14. Association Avenue(Both)
  15. Kayode Street(Okada Only)
  16. Town Planning Way(Both)
  17. Coker Road(Both)
  18. Post Office Road(Okada Only)
  19. Mushin Road

 

OJO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Igbo Elerin Road
  2. Lagos – Badagry Expressway
  3. Iyana School Bus Stop at Ishasi Road
  4. Oba Ayoka to Iba New Site
  5. Alaba Int’l Market Raod
  6. Olojo Drive
  7. Ojo Igbede Road
  8. Nepa Road
  9. Ishasi Road
  10. Abule Aka Road to Ajangbadi Road
  11. Akoberu/Sabo Road
  12. Itire – Ilogbo Road
  13. Iyana Era – Ilogbo Road
  14. Ajangbadi – Shibiri Road
  15. Kemberi/Aka Road

 

OSHODI/ISOLO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Okota Road
  2. NNPC road
  3. Oshodi – Apapa expressway
  4. Airport Road
  5. Egbe Road
  6. Ago-Palace Way
  7. Isolo Road
  8. Osolo Way
  9. Abimbola Street
  10. Ejigbo – Ajao Estate Link Road
  11. Estate – Isheri-Oshun Road
  12. Post Office Road
  13. Oyetayo Street
  14. Oshodi Road
  15. Church Street
  16. Afariogun Street
  17. Sehinde Callisto Street
  18. Mafoluku Road
  19. Adeyemi Street
  20. Ajibulu Street
  21. New Airport Road

 

SOMOLU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. IKORODU EXPRESSWAY (From Mile 12 to Yaba Terminus)
  2. George Street
  3. Morocco Road
  4. Market Street
  5. Bajulaiye Road
  6. Fola Agoro Street
  7. Apata Street
  8. Oguntolu Street
  9. Pedro Road
  10. Igi Olugbin Street
  11. Ashagbon Street
  12. Gbagada Road
  13. St. Finbarr’s Road
  14. Jibowu Street
  15. Oweh Street
  16. Issac John Street
  17. Watchtower Avenue
  18. Shylon Street
  19. Shipeolu Street

 

SURULERE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Funsho Williams Ave
  2. Adeniran Ogunsanya Street
  3. Ogunlana Drive
  4. Bode Thomas Street
  5. Akerele Road
  6. Itire – Ojuelegba Road
  7. Tejuosho Street
  8. Alhaji Masha Road
  9. Itire – Ijesha Road
  10. Ishaga Road
  11. Eric Moore Road
  12. Randle Avenue
  13. Agbebi Street
  14. Babs Animashaun Road
  15. Ijesha Road
  16. Enitan Street
  17. Adeshina Street
  18. Adelabu Steet
  19. Adetola Street
  20. Nuru Oniwo Street
  21. Adekunle Kuye Street
  22. Shaki Crescent
  23. Oshogbo Street
  24. Tokoso Street
  25. Okotoa Link Bridge
  26. Opere Street
  27. Odichie Street
  28. Olatunde Onimole Street
  29. Brown Street
  30. Agboyin Street
  31. Agboyin Avenuew
  32. Nnobi Street
  33. Sanya Street
  34. Opeloyeru Street
  35. Kilo Street
  36. Adetioye Street
  37. Fasoro Street
  38. Oladimeji Street
  39. Ojuolape Street
  40. Solabomi Street
  41. Ogungbesan Street

 

IRU /VICTORIA ISLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. Ahmadu Bello Way
  2. Adeola Odeku Street
  3. Kofo Abayomi Street
  4. Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue
  5. Ajose Adeogun Road
  6. Idowu Taylor Street
  7. Idowu Martins Street
  8. Adeleke Adedoyin Street
  9. Elsie Femi Pearse Street
  10. Musa Yar’Adua Street
  11. Walter Carrington Crescent
  12. Bishop Oluwole Street
  13. Samuel Manuwa Street
  14. Akin Olugbade Street
  15. Molade Okoya Thomas Street
  16. Sinari Daranijo Street
  17. Bishop Aboyade Cole Street
  18. Ligali Ayorinde Avenue
  19. Saka Tinubu Street
  20. Karimu Kotun Street
  21. Muri Okunola Street
  22. Etim Inyang Crescent
  23. Adetokunbo Ademola Street
  24. Adeola Hopewell Street
  25. Ahmed Onibudo Road
  26. Engineering Close
  27. Sanusi Fafunwa Street
  28. Tiamiyu Savage Street
  29. Olosa Street
  30. Oyin Jolayemi Street
  31. Marinho Drive
  32. Moshood Olugbani
  33. Fatai Durosinmi Street
  34. Adeyemo Alakija Street
  35. Oko Agwo Close
  36. Afribank Street.

Police Announce New ‘Okada’ Restriction In Ogun

Police Announce New 'Okada' Restriction In OgunThe Ogun State Police Command has announced a restriction order from 8PM to 5AM for commercial motorcycle operators popularly called okada.

This is in view of the approaching yuletide and a likely upsurge in criminal activities during the festive period.

According to a statement issued by the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, no okada operator is permitted to convey more than one passenger during operation all over the state.

The Command warned that “anyone who violates this order will be arrested, his motorcycle impounded and subsequently charged to court accordingly’.’

The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has also appealed to the general public for understanding and co-operation and also assured residents of the state of adequate security of life and properties before, during and after the yuletide.

Police Commissioner In Ogun Builds Orphanage In Home Town

Ogun Police commissionerOgun State Commissioner of Police, AbdulMajid Ali, has commissioned a four million Naira ultra-modern orphanage in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State, his home town.

Mr Ali donated the facility to both the State and the Local Governments for the day-to-day running of the edifice.

He handed over the facility after official commissioning of the project by Mr Shehu Umar Danyaya, Secretary to the State Government, who represented the State Governor, Mr Abubakar Sani Bello.

The Police Boss stated that his decision to build the multi-million Naira edifice was an attempt to give back to the society, which he said that made him what he was.

Mr Ali also said that the building was in fond memory of his late daughter, Miss Mujidat, a 200 Level student of Igbinedon University, Okada, Edo State, who died some years ago in an auto crash within the campus of the private university.

He said: “I am a Civil Servant, I am specifically a Police officer and it is not something out of context to give back to the society that has contributed immensely to what I am today.

“However, it is a challenge to the present day politicians not only in Niger State, but the country as a whole to let them show more to the yearnings of the society, especially to the less privilege people in the society”.

He also mentioned that the governors of Ogun and Imo States, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha respectively were part of the project’s success.

“This one is just my own contribution, especially the small one I can do and I promise that I will continue to do more the way I have started this one.

“I am retiring to my farm, after my service in the Nigeria Police Force with the view to going home and staying calm, because I do not want to be part of any political association or group,” Ali said.

“Yes, one has to come back to his hometown because I started from here and even though I am to come back after the Service and it is better to put a solid Foundation for yourself when you are still agile,” he said.

The ceremony was attended by the Emir of Kontagora, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, Col.Sani Bello (Rtd) and a former Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Nuhu Aliyu, among other prominent citizens.

Ogun Police Announces Restrictions On ‘Okada’ Riders

Ogun policeThe Ogun State Police Command has restricted operators of motorcycle popular known as ‘Okada’ in order to check the increasing rate of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal acts in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and its environs.

Announcing the restriction order which takes immediate effect, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said that criminal activities, especially kidnapping and armed robbery has been on the increase adding that it has continued to affect the peace of the area as well as commercial activities.

While asking for the cooperation of residents in this direction, the Command, however, said violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Incidents of kidnapping has been on the increase which necessitated the Command to mobilize armed policemen to the Ijebu Ode axis to maintain law and order.

Mixed Reactions Trail Suspension Of Motorcyclists In Akure

motorcyclistsSome residents of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State,  have expressed displeasure with the suspension of the operation of commercial motorcyclists in the major roads in the city.

It was difficult for some of them to get to their places of work on Monday, as they had to trek long distances.

The State Government had last Friday, given the directive as a result of a protest by the motorcyclists over an order from the officials of the State Ministry of Transport to purchase the red number plates meant for commercial vehicles for their motorcycles.

They, however, refused the order, insisting they already had the blue colour number plates, which were paid for.

During the protest, the motorcyclists in anger, damaged some government properties including some bus stops and ornamental trees planted along some major highways in the city.

In annoyance to the act of vandalism, the State Government ordered the suspension of their activities in the city.

Government officials, other workers as well as traders, who depended on motorcycles otherwise called ‘Okada’ to transport themselves, had to trek as the few taxis were not enough to transport them to their destinations.

The State Chairman of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycles Riders Association of Nigeria, Obabi Jimoh, said that all members of the association in Akure, had complied with the government’s directive, pleading with the government for mercy.

Police Cancel Social Gatherings During Sallah In Kaduna

police CheckpointsThe Kaduna State Police Command has cancelled all forms of social gathering at public places such as recreation centres and amusement parks during the Eid-el Fitr celebrations in the state.

This followed a security alert by the state security outfit, code-named ‘Operation Yaki’, that the state might be attacked on Sallah day by terror group, known as ‘Surasuka’ or ‘Masushara’.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Shehu, announced this in a statement he issued to journalists on Thursday.

He said that places for fun seekers such as the Gamji Gate Amusement Park, Galaxy Park and others would be closed down during the celebration.

He also disclosed that the State Police Command had deployed both conventional and mobile policemen, as well as undercover operatives to man and monitor vulnerable points, with a view to ensuring tight security across the state.

Mr Shehu warned residents against accommodating or harboring strange fellows, as the Boko Haram terror group had changed their tactics of attacks.

The Police Commissioner urged parents and guardians to be vigilant, monitor and warn their children and not allow them to be used by mischief makers.

He reiterated that the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called ‘okada’, as well as street begging and hawking were still in force, all in the bid to ensure that Kaduna residents have a crime and violence free Eid-El Fitr celebration.

Similarly, the Emir of Zazzau, who is also the Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Shehu Idris, has cancelled the traditional Durbar that usually takes place during the Sallah, citing insecurity as reason for the cancellation.

Lagos Must Heighten Enforcement Of Okada Restriction Law- Opeifa

Kayode_OpeifaThe Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, on Saturday, warned that the state needs to do more to enforce the law restricting motorcyclists from plying a total of 475 roads.

“We hav not changed anything about the restriction law, it is still in force”he said, adding that “Lagos State is not the only state with such restriction in place.

“What we seem to notice that there are violations and outright disregard for the law and this is a sign that we need to do more to enforce the law”, he said.

He however said despite the restrictions, “you can ride any bike above 200cc on all roads” but warned that “it must not be for passenger carrying purposes”.

The commissioner, who noted that about 20 states in the country also have such restrictions in the country, noted that “Lagos has the most friendly regulations on motor cycles in this country”.

He further noted that it is the responsibility of all security agencies in the state to enforce the restriction law but noted that only the Nigeria Police has been doing so “since we started in November 2012 and they have been doing their best”.

He however maintained that people who don’t want the best for the State “started making media publications describing the operations of the police as harassment and extortion” and that “naturally set in some issues and it got to a point it became difficult”.

A youth activist, Lukman Lawal, said most of the youths that have chosen to ride motor-cycles for commercial purposes are doing so because of the “failure of the government” to provide adequate jobs.

He however noted that “any law that will better your health, welfare and make your security improve is a good law” adding that “to that extent you (okada riders) do not have any business with those roads.

“It is a fantastic law” he adds.

A former Trade Unionist, Mr Linus Okoroji, who has been carrying an Okada accident inflicted wound for eight months, on his part said he supported the Okada Restriction Law at the first instance.

He said no “Nigerian will be proud to join Okada as a means of transport, even in the rural areas let alone the urban areas about 25 years ago”, wondering how the country “managed to come to this level.

“As far as I am concerned, I am one of those who supported the law at the first instance”, revealing that “my colleagues in the civil society fought against me and walked me out of a meeting.

“But I am strong in my conviction that the law should remain”, he added.

The state government had on August, 2012 signed the Lagos State Traffic Law in to law. The objective of the legislation was to provide for road traffic administration.

It also seeks, among others, to restore sanity in the state transportation system of the state.

Some of the roads include Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Apapa Oshodi, Oworonshoki, Lagos Ikorodu, Lagos-Abeokuta, Agege motor road, Egbeda, Ikotun, Ikeja, Funsho Williams Avenue, Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road among others.

Kaduna Distributes 1,000 Tricycles To Cushion Effects Of Ban On Motorcycles

TRICYCLE1Following the ban of commercial motor cycle operators in Kaduna last month, the State Government has provided 1000 tricycles to members of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders of Nigeria (ACOMORON).

Governor Mukhtar Yero, while presenting the tricycles on Monday, said that the gesture was in line with the state government’s promise to provide alternative means of transportation to cushion the effect the ban may have on the former Achaba operators and residents of the state, giving assurances that the government was committed to the well-being of its citizens.

He, however, explained that the ban was not in any way meant to witch hunt anybody but meant to sanitize the state and as a way to further address the security situation in the state.

The Governor said that the tricycles, purchased at the cost of N531, 825, would be given out at 50% discount with a 10% down payment of the 50% by the beneficiaries.

He urged the beneficiaries to ensure that they make proper use of them and not to use them to indulge in criminal activities.

Earlier, the Chairman of Kaduna State Subsidy Re-investment and Implementation Programme (SURE-P) Committee and the State Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, described the occasion as another milestone by the present administration in the state to uplift the standard of living of the people, especially the youth, adding that the tricycles would be distributed to areas affected by the ban.

He also warned that beneficiaries will be prosecuted if they sell the tricycle.

Kaduna Assembly Bans Use of Okada

The Okada riders are demanding that the court gives an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Lagos state government from hindering their operation or arresting their members for using commercial motorcycles The Kaduna State House of Assembly (KSHA) has announced a ban on the operations of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada, in the state capital and some other parts of the state.

Speaking to Channels Television after plenary on Wednesday, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Mr Yusuf Yakubu said the decision was informed by the spate of insecurity said to be perpetrated with motorcycles in the state.

He also blamed the recklessness of motorcyclists which has led to incessant accidents and other social delinquencies  in the state, adding that  adequate arrangements have been made to cushion the effect of the ban.

He announced that the ban will affect metropolitan communities within the state and will take effect after 14 days of passage of the Bill.

He listed  the areas affected to include  the entire Kaduna North Local Government, Kaduna South Local Government , Kafanchan Metropolis only, parts of Zaria Township , parts of Chikun Local Government , Lere, Birnin Gwari,  Giwa and  Igabi  Local Government Areas .

An earlier move in February, 2013 by the government to ban the activities of commercial motorcyclist in the state met stiff resistance and almost caused crisis in the state.

It was also greeted by a barrage of criticism from other stakeholders who believed that the ban would impact negatively on the security and the unemployment rates in the state.

The reasons adduced for the ban then, according to the government, were to improve the state transport system and curb insecurity within Kaduna metropolis, Zaria, Sabongari and Kafachan.

The Bill titled; “Kaduna state Commercial Motorcycles Prohibition Law, 2014”, warned that any person who contravenes the ban shall be fined either the  sum of N20,000 or six months imprisonment or both.

It also empowers all magistrate courts in the affected local government areas to prosecute violators of the law, including confiscation of their motorcycles.

The news of the ban has generated mixed reactions from residents of the state with the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) describing the decision as ill-timed and one that would  worsen the unemployment crisis in the state,  while some residents applauded the ban which they said will reduce crime and accidents in the state.

Kaduna state has had its own share of security challenges in the country, having witnessed several bomb attacks by the Boko Haram sect. It is the belief of many that the state government should produce alternative means of transport and also come up with various poverty alleviation intervention measures in order to provide a means of livelihood to those that will displaced by this ban.

Niger State Bans Commercial Motorcycles

Niger state Government has announced the  banning of the operations of commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada in Minna, the state capital.

In a statement made available to Channels Television in Minna, the government noted  that adequate arrangements have been made to cushion the effect of the ban.

It also added that the state Ministry of Transportation has now taken full delivery of 1000 units of Mahindra Tricycles (KEKEN TALBA) in addition to 8 units of 18-seater buses and 12 units of 100 capacity Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses that have already been put on the roads to ease transportation problems in the state capital.

The statement dismissed concerns that motorcycle operators would be put out of job as a consequence of the ban, saying that the newly purchased tricycles would be distributed to Okada operators through the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).

Commercial Motorcycle Riders Clash In Abeokuta, 25 Arrested

Two factions of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association Of Nigeria, ACOMORAN, have clashed at the premises of the federal high court in Abeokuta.

The crisis was said to have started when a former secretary of the association who is being investigated for alleged embezzlement, mobilized thugs from Ibadan and Igbo-ora areas of Oyo state to unleash terror on a faction led by the South West chairman of the association, Mr Samsondeen Apelogun on the premises of the court.

In the commotion that ensued, 25 members of the association were arrested by the Ogun state police command for disrupting public peace and order.

According to reports, the clash which could have resulted in a serious breakdown of law and order was averted by the combined men of the Nigeria Police, Department Of State Security, DSS, and men of the Nigerian Army.

Edo Fixes Tax Rates For Buses, Okada

Edo State Government has rolled out the daily levies and rates to be paid by operators in the commercial transport sector in the state.

In a release by the Chief of Staff, Patrick Obahiagbon, the government said while its ban on the collection of rates by some unions in the sector remains in force, it has authorized Akugbe Ventures to collect Personal Income Tax from operators in the sector on its behalf.

While commercial inter-state motor vehicle drivers are to pay N150 daily, intra state commercial buses are to pay N100 daily while commercial motor cycles are expected to pay N50 daily

“It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that the Edo State Government’s ban on various unions including the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Drivers’ Welfare Scheme and other illegal collectors of levies and rates in the transport sector remains in force” the statement read.

The only revenue collector authorized by government in the transport sector is Akugbe Ventures and they are authorized to collect Personal Income Tax from the following categories of persons only:

The Governor emphasised that anybody or group that acts in breach of this directive will be prosecuted and appropriately sanctioned within the provisions of the law.

The Government appealed to all law enforcement agencies to assist in the implementation of this directive with immediate effect.