40 motorcycle riders were charged to court weekly in Lagos State government in Lagos state, Nigeria. Just yesterday, the state crushed 1,500 motorcycles popularly called ‘okada’ impounded during enforcement of the ban on their operation in the ten local councils and 15 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
The state commissioner for transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi stated that the exercise showed that government is not rescinding its decision to apprehend, impound and crush motorcycles plying restricted areas.
He emphasized that the regular crushing exercise is to further reinforce the need for operators and passengers to stay off the ban areas, avoid three years imprisonment if apprehended in line with the Transport Reform Law, (TSRL) 2018.
In a statement, the commissioner said: “The ban on Okada in specified regions is crucial for maintaining order, reducing risks associated with unauthorized motorcycle operation and also improving security. For avoidance of doubt, the prohibited local councils include; Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu, Mushin, Apapa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Surulere and Eti-Osa.”