The Lagos State government has revealed that it has concluded plans to crush and recycle over 4, 000 impounded commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada, in line with the provisions of the State Traffic Law 2012.
A statement by Habib Aruna, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, as saying that recent clampdown on commercial motorcycles in the state was fallouts of the government’s resolve to address the security concerns posed by their operations, saying that criminals were in the habit of using Okada to perpetrate crime and get away.
The Lagos Traffic Law 2012 prohibits the operations of Okada and tricycles also known as Keke Marwa from operating in certain routes and areas across the state.
He said the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, had directed that the police and other security agencies concerned redouble efforts to ensure the law was complied with, while giving assurance that the clampdown would be sustained vigorously on a daily basis.
Owoseni said aside impounding the motorcycles and tricycles, the enforcement would also clampdown on the operators and residents who patronise them, adding that mobile courts would be instituted to try arrested offenders.
Besides, Owoseni said that due to the constant challenges of enforcing the law, the state government was already considering an outright ban on Okada operations in some areas of the state starting with the Lekki and Victoria Island axis.
Corroborating him, Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Olanrewaju Elegushi, said the administration of Governor Ambode recently warned all commercial motorcycles to steer clear of restricted routes, as the clampdown on defaulters would be total.