Okada Ban : Lagos Police Command set to arrest riders, passengers in Lagos State.
It warned that passengers arrested will also be prosecuted, as they will be regarded as an accomplice.
LASG is set to ban commercial motorcycles on all highways across six LGAs and nine LCDAs.
The affected councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa.
The total ban commences on June 1st, 2022.
The Lagos Police Command says both the riders of Okadas as well as their passengers will be arrested as part of measures to enforce the total ban of commercial motorcycle operations in the state.
Its spokesman, Mr Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known on Saturday through his Twitter handle. He warned that passengers arrested will also be prosecuted, as they will be regarded as an accomplice.
“Under the new total ban of motorcycles in six local government areas of Lagos State, passengers and riders alike will be arrested and prosecuted. The passenger is an accomplice. Ignorance will not be an excuse!”
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Wednesday announced a total ban on commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, on all highways across six Local Government Areas (LGAs) and nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
The affected councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa. The total ban order extends to all LCDAs under the listed councils.
Earlier today, the Lagos State Government revealed that Okada has caused about 767 accidents between January to April 2022, which is about 45 percent of total 1,712 recorded during the period.
The State government attributed the high fatality rate of riders and passengers to plying about 500 highways, major roads and bridges, which the Road Traffic Law prohibited.
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