Calm has relatively returned to Agege Motor Road, specifically on Ikeja Along Bus Stop, after a clash between members of the Lagos State Task Force and commercial motorcycle operators was earlier reported.
The entire stretch of the Agege Motor Road is free of commercial motorcycle riders, as the Lagos Task Force team, led by its Chairman, Olayinka Egbeyeme is on the ground to avert further disorder in the area.
The attack on officers of the Lagos Task Force is a fallout of Tuesday’s clash between operatives of the Task Force and commercial motorcycle riders at Second Rainbow along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
Egbeyemi explained that his men were attacked in the early hours of today while on their beat along Agege Motor Road. He confirmed that some of the attackers have been arrested.
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed December 15 to hear a suit seeking the reversal of the ban placed by the Lagos State Government on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles, popularly known as Okada and Keke Marwa.
A Lagos-based lawyer, Julius Ajibulu, who filed the suit said the ban on okada and keke Marwa, without a replacement or an alternative means of transportation, had subjected Lagosians to untold hardship and taken away the source of livelihood of the operators.
The lawyer claimed that the ban had led to massive unemployment and an escalation in the rate of crime and insecurity in the state due to loss of jobs.
He said the ban further violated his fundamental rights and those of other Lagosians under sections 33, 34, 36, 38, 41 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution.
Ajibulu is asking the court to order “the immediate resumption of commercial operations and activities of tricyles (Keke NAPEP/ Marwa) and motorcycles (okada) of 50cc-200cc capacity engine on the above stated highways and expressways through the aforesaid bridges in 15 local government and local development council areas of Lagos State.”
He is also seeking damages in the sum of N1bn as well as a public apology in newspapers.
The suit is the second lawsuit seeking the reversal of the Lagos State Government’s ban on okada and Keke Marwa.
Another lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, had earlier filed a suit before the same court on the same issue.
In his suit before Justice Mohammed Liman, Ogungbeje is seeking a declaration that “the forceful impounding, seizure or confiscation of motorcycles and tricycles” by agents of the Lagos State Government amounted to an infringement on the right of residents to own property under sections 43 and 44 of the Constitution.”
The Lagos State Government had in February proscribed both motorcycles and tricycles in six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state.
In a statement issued on January, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, said that the riders must not ply 10 major highways and 40 bridges and flyovers across the state.
A legal practitioner, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge the ban imposed by the state government on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as okada, and tricycles otherwise known as keke.
Ogungbeje asked the court to declare that the ban, as issued in February by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was not backed by any court order as it “grossly violates Section 41 of the Constitution.”
He also urged the court to make a perpetual injunction restraining the Lagos State government from enforcing the ban.
The lawyer specifically asked the court to award N500 million as general and exemplary damages against the state for the alleged violation of citizens’ rights.
Apart from the state government, he joined the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, the state’s Attorney-General; the Commissioner of Police in Lagos; the Vehicle Inspection Service; and the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, as defendants in the suit.
Ogungbeje, who argued that the ban had visited untold hardship on him and other law-abiding Nigerians living in Lagos, prayed the court to declare that “the forceful impounding, seizure or confiscation of motorcycles and tricycles” by agents of the state government amounted to an infringement on the right of residents to own property under Sections 43 and 44 of the Constitution.
He also asked the court to declare that the power given to agents of the state, under the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, to arrest and punish violators of the ban was equivalent to the usurpation of the functions of the judiciary, “and is thus a gross infringement on the right to a fair hearing and human dignity under Sections 36 and 34 of the Constitution.”
The case has been assigned to Justice Mohammed Liman who has fixed September 28, 2020, for hearing.
The Lagos State Government says it will not reverse the ongoing enforcement of its Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which restricts the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada and tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP in 15 local councils across the state.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday while speaking at the official launch of commercial operations in water transportation by Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) at an event held at Badore Ferry Terminal in Ajah.
The governor said the state government would not give in to the “blackmail and uninformed criticism” of its decision to restrict tricycles and motorcycles on the highways, saying the enforcement became necessary in the face of growing threats to the security of lives of residents.
According to him, the scary figures of accidents resulting from Okada riders’ recklessness and the disobedience to traffic laws necessitated the enforcement of the laws.
Although the governor admitted that the decision was a tough one, he maintained that his government would not compromise on the issue of security and safety of residents.
“I agree it’s a tough decision we made regarding the restriction of Okada and Keke in some parts of Lagos. But I want to say some facts, which people can debate. The restriction that we have done is primarily based on security and safety of lives of residents. We took the decision based on the level of danger we have seen to have happened to our people,” he said.
“As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow Okada riders put our lives in danger. One life is more important to us than all the economic benefits to be made if we allowed them to continue. We understand that investment too can be critical, but keeping people alive and safe is more germane.”
Speaking further, the governor sympathized with commuters affected by the Okada restriction and announced that the government would be deploying over 500 buses to the routes listed in the restriction directive as alternatives to ease movement.
He added that the launching of commercial operations on waterways by LAGFERRY was another programme introduced by the government to address congestion on the highways.
Calm has returned to Ijora-Olopa area of Lagos where protesters burnt tyres to protest the ban of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in the state on Monday.
When Channels TV got to the scene of the incident, policemen and men of the OP MESA (A joint military operation) were seen addressing a group of people in an apparent move to ascertain those involved in the act.
There were traces of bonfire with shattered glasses at the scene.
Eyewitnesses told Channels TV that protesters hurled stones before security operatives contained the situation.
On Saturday, the Lagos state government started to implement its ban on okada and tricycles in parts of the state.
The Lagos State government says it has not given licence to any person or group to operate commercial services with motorcycles, otherwise known as okada.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Gbenga Omotosho, stated this during his appearance on Sunrise Daily.
“You are talking about registration; as far as I am concern, the government has not registered any company to come and be running okada,” he told Channels Television on Tuesday.
He added, “In fact, what the government was trying to look at is how to regulate these people so that their excesses can be curtailed.
“But as far as I know, nobody has been licenced to go and start running okada because it is unfortunate that … the rate at which people are dying; the rate at which people are being robbed on the roads; the police are worried, everybody is worried.”
He made the comments a day after the government announced that it would enforce the ban on motorcycles and tricycles (also known as keke) on major roads and bridges on February 1.
Omotosho explained that the State Security Council took the decision after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in the state.
According to him, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) recorded about 104,000 accident cases involving the common Lagosians with broken arms and legs.
The commissioner stressed that a large number of those he called the poor people have asked the government to ban okada.
He noted that the areas with the highest figures of fatalities were areas dominated by a large population of poor.
Omotosho, however, said, “The guys who are doing courier services, for example, they don’t carry passengers and they don’t constitute so much danger. So, those ones are allowed.
“They have to be above 200cc and you have to have a box behind you that you are doing courier service and you don’t have to carry passengers; you have to be well-kitted and wear your helmet.”
The Lagos State government has decried the rate of motorcycle (okada) and tricycle (keke) accidents on roads across the state.
In order to check this, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, announced that the government would enforce the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas, as well as major highways and bridges from February 1.
He explained that the decision was taken after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in Lagos, saying security and safety of the lives of the residents were paramount.
“The figures are scary. From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone.
“This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date,” the commissioner said in a statement.
He added, “The rate of crimes aided by motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) keeps rising. Motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) are also used as getaway means by criminals.”
According to Omotoso, the law enforcement agents have been directed that with effect from February 1, there would be Zero Tolerance for motorcycles and tricycles in the affected areas.
He warned that all offenders and violators would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the state.
See the full list of the affected areas below:
LGs and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs)
Apapa LG and Apapa Iganmu LCDA
Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA
Surulere LG, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs
Ikeja LG, Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs
Eti-Osa LG, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs
Lagos Island LG and Lagos Island East LCDA
The full enforcement begins on February 1, 2020.
This is the first stage of the State Government’s plan to sanitize our roads and protect Lagosians from the negative effects of these illegal modes of transportation.
The Law is very clear. Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are banned on all highways, bridges and the listed roads.
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:
Lagos Ibadan Expressway
Apapa Oshodi Expressway
Oworoshoki Oshodi Expressway
Lagos Ikorodu Expressway
Lagos Abeokuta Expressway
Eti-Osa Lekki Epe Expressway
Lagos Badagry Express
Funsho Williams Avenue
Agege motor Road
Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road
Iyana-Ipaja Bridge, Agege/Alimosho Local Government
Dopemu Bridge, Agege/Alimosho Local Government
Airport/Ikeja Bridge, Ikeja Local Government
Agege Motor Road/Oshodi Loop, Oshodi, Ikeja/Mushin Local Government
Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge, Mushin Oshodi Local Government
Dorman Long Bridge Surulere/Lagos Mainland Local Government
Ojuelegba Bridge, Surulere/Lagos Mainland Local Government
National Stadium Flyover, Surulere Local Government
Iganmu/Funsho Williams Bridge Surulere Local Government
Apapa – Iganmu Bridge Surulere Local Government
Apapa – Ijora Link Bridge, Apapa/Lagos Mainland Local Government
Liverpool Bridge, Apapa, Apapa Local Government
Mile 2 Bridge Loop, Amuwo-Odofin, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government
Okota (Cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge Mushin/Oshodi-Isolo Local Government
Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network, Mushin/Oshodi/Isolo Local Government
Ikorodu Road/Anthony Cloverleaf Bridge Somolu/Ikeja Local Government
Trade Fair Flyover Bridge, Ojo Local Government
Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge Amuwo Odofin Local Government
2 Flyover bridges along Alhaji Masha Rd, Surulere Local Government
Ojota Clover Leaf Bridge, Kosofe/Ikeja Local Government
Ogudu Bridge Kosofe Local Government
3rd Mainland Bridge Lagos Island/Mainland/Somolu Local Government
Maryland flyover Ikeja/Somolu Local Government
Ikeja/General Hospital flyover Bridge Ikeja Local Government
Kodesho Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja, Ikeja Local Government
Opebi Link Bridge, Ikeja Local Government
Sheraton-Opebi Bridge, Ikeja Local Government
Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge, Lagos Mainland Local Government
Carter Bridge Lagos, Lagos Mainland Local Government
Bariga-Ifako Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
Apapa – OShodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
Bariga/Oworonshoki Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
Apapa – Oshodi Expressway/3rd Mainland Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
Apapa – Oshodi Expressway/3rd mainland Bridge Somolu/Kosofe Local Government
3rd mainland/Oworonshoki Bridge Kosofe Local Government
Eko Bridge Lagos Island/Lagos Mainland Local Government
Apongbon flyover, Bridge Lagos Island Local Government
Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess) Lagos Island/Eti-Osa Local Government.
McWen Bridge (Bonny camp) Eti-Osa Local Government.
Marina/Ikoyi Bridge Lagos Island/Eti-Osa Local Government.
Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge Eti-Osa Local Government.
AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Oba Ogunji Road
Old Abeokuta Road
Alfa Nla Road
Adebisi Awosoga Street
Old Ota Road
Akin Doherty Road
Pen Cinema Round About
AJEROMI-IFELODUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Baale Adeyemo Street
Mba/Cardoso Street up to Ota Wharf
Mobile Road Up To Boundary Road
Boundary Road – Aiyeke Bridge – Tolu Bus/Stop
Achapo Road/New Road
Baale Adeyemo Road
APAPA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Kofo Abayomi Road
Entire Network of Road in Apapa GRA
Dock Yard Road
Ladipo Oluwole Road
Orile – Igamu Road
ALIMOSHO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Ipaja – Ayobo Road
Egbeda – Idimu Road
Egbeda – Akowonjo Road
Iyana – Ipaja – Idimu Road
Idimu – Ipaja – Idimu Road
LASU – Iba Road
Ikotun – Egbe Road
Egbe – Idimu Road
Old Ota Road
Baruwa/Aina Obembe Road
Adefemi Road, Ipaja
Go ye Road
AMUWO-ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Oshodi – Apapa Expressway
Durbar Road/Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Road
The Entire Network of Roads in Festac Town
The entire Network of Road in Zones A, B, C & D of Amuwo Odofin Low Cost Housing Estate
Old Ojo Road
Mumuni Adio Bodmus way
Lagos Badagry Expressway
BADAGRY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Lagos Badagry Expressway from Eric Moore to Seme Road
Badagry Roundabout to Top Road
Joseph Dosu Road
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD) ROADS
Nnamdi Azikwe Street
King George V Road
Adeniji Adele Street
New Balogun Street
Abibu Oki Street
EPE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Central Mosque Road
Kasali Oluwa Street
Ijebu to Itoikin Road from Agbowa to Itoikin
Omu-Ijebu to Ketu Roundabout
Ketu Roundabout to Ejinrin Town
Orungbo – Ido Road
Agbowa – Ikosi Road
Ketu Roundabout to Epe
Ketu Roundabout Itoikin
ETI-OSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
The entire Network of Roads and bridges in Ikoyi Obalende and Victoria Island Local Council Development Areas
Eti-Osa – Lekki – Epe Expressway
IFAKO-IJAYE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA/OJODU/OJOKORO LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREA
Lateef Jakande Road
Jonathan Coker Street
New Oko-Oba Road
Lagos Abeokuta Expressway
Baale Animashaun Road
Yaya Abatan Road
IKEJA LOCA GOVERNMENT AREA
Lagos Ibadan Expressway (from Lagos Boundary to Lagos and Toll Gate)
Sheraton Link Bridge
Oba Akran Avenue
Obafemi Awolowo Way
Kudirat Abiola Road
Moboloaji Bank-Anthony Road
Lateef Jakande Road
Nurudeen Olowopopo Drive
Otunba Jobi Fele Way
Mobolaji Johnson Road
Hakeem Balogun Road
Ashabi Cole Street
Entire Ikeja GRA Road Network
Isaac John Street
Alausa Secretariat Perimeter Road Network
Simbiat Abiola Road
Opebi Link Bridge
Adeniyi Jones Avenue
Entire Alausa CBO
Ladipo Oluwole Avenue
Ola Ayindan Street
Olu Akerele Street
IKORODU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Ikorodu Road (from Mile12 to Ikorodu Benson Roundabout)
Ipakodo – Ibesha Road
Lagos – Ikorodu Express Road
T.O.S Benson Road
Oba Sekumade Road
Lagos – Shagamu Road
Obafemi Awolowo Road
Ikorodu – Itoikin Road
IKOYI/OBALENDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Alfred Rewane Road
Osborne Road Estate 1 & 2
Olu Holloway Road
Bayo Kuku Street
Oba Adeyinka Oyekan Avenue
Mobolaji Johnson Road
Federal Secretariat Road
Lateef Jakande Avenue
Oyinkan Abayomi Road
Adeyemi Lawson Street
Femi Okunnu Road
Ajayi Bembe Street
Entire Park view Estate Road
St. Gregory Street
Raymond Njoku Street
Okotie Eboh Street
Norman Williams Street
Moboloaji Johnson Road
Murtala Muhammed Roa
Bankole Oki Road
Dolphin High Rise
Alhaji Kannike Street
Dr Bode Olajumoke Street
Alhaji Bashorun Close
Alhaji Alade Odenewu Street
KOSOFE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Ogudu Alapere Expressway (from Toll Gate to 3rd Mainland Bridge)
Doyin Omololu Street
50 Metres from Ikorodu Road on Ikosi Road
LAGOS ISLAND AREA
The entire network of roads and bridges in Lagos Island East and Lagos Island West Local Government
LAGOS MAINLAND LGA
Herbert Macaulay Way
Barikisu Iyede Street
Murtala Muhammed way
Third Mainland Bridge
Old Yaba Road
Sabo Round About
Abule – Ijesha Road
Onike Iwaya Road
Musiliu Smith Road
MUSHIN /ODI-OLOWO AREA
Agege Motor Road (From Mangoro to Moshalasi Junction) Both
Fatai Atere Way(Okada Only)
Itire Road(Okada Only)
Ladipo Street(Okada Only)
Layi Oyekanmi Street(Okada Only)
Olateju Street(Okada Only)
Ilasamanja Road(Okada Only)
Ogunmokun Street(Okada Only)
Kayode Street(Okada Only)
Town Planning Way(Both)
Post Office Road(Okada Only)
OJO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Igbo Elerin Road
Lagos – Badagry Expressway
Iyana School Bus Stop at Ishasi Road
Oba Ayoka to Iba New Site
Alaba Int’l Market Raod
Ojo Igbede Road
Abule Aka Road to Ajangbadi Road
Itire – Ilogbo Road
Iyana Era – Ilogbo Road
Ajangbadi – Shibiri Road
OSHODI/ISOLO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Oshodi – Apapa expressway
Ejigbo – Ajao Estate Link Road
Estate – Isheri-Oshun Road
Post Office Road
Sehinde Callisto Street
New Airport Road
SOMOLU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
IKORODU EXPRESSWAY (From Mile 12 to Yaba Terminus)
The 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.
Ogun 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.
The 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.