On Friday, the Lagos State Task Force will smash another set of 2,228 impounded commercial motorcycles known as Okadas (today).
CSP Shola Jejeloye, the taskforce’s Chairman, revealed this in a statement on Thursday.
Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, Director of Press and Public Affairs, signed the statement.
According to Abdulraheem, Jejeloye stated that the agency will step up its efforts to ensure that all impounded motorcycles are crushed in accordance with the law.
“Following the announcement by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, of a total ban on operation of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okadas on all highways across six local government areas and nine local council development areas of the state, the Chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye, has said that the agency will crush another set of 2,228 impounded motorcycles on Friday to further make the enforcemen’s job easier,”
“The chairman remarked that the laws are quite apparent for Okada operators to recognize that their acts are completely in breach of the state’s Transportation Reform Laws.”
Although the Okada operators’ compliance percentage is high and encouraging, they (operators) are still not to be trusted, according to Jejeloye.
“Their mode of operation is akin to guerrilla warfare—when we retire, they advance, and when we advance, they retreat,” he continued, “but the ban’s enforcement is here to stay.”
“We will not spare even a single offender driving his okada on the roadways.” We’ll keep a close eye on them and continue patrolling the afflicted areas of the state to make sure they don’t return.”
During the first two days of the prohibition, he claimed, the agency impounded over 259 bikes and arrested 18 suspected riders and passengers.
“All of the suspects will face charges for breaking state laws.” Passengers will not be spared this time, and they will be held accountable in court,” the message continued.