Uncertainty, Tension As Okada Ban Begins in Lagos

The total ban on Okada, recently ordered by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Which affected the six local Government area, Which are Ikeja, Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Apapa, Surulere, and Lagos Mainland.comes into effect today.


Sanwo-Olu has directed that from June 1, security operatives in the State should enforce the proscription order across the listed councils.

Naijapalaba.com report: Just In: Lagos state govt announces total ban on Okada riders in six local government areas, order to take effect June 1

The Lagos State Police Command has made it clear that both motorcyclists and passengers who disobey the new ban on Okada operations will be arrested and prosecuted.

Read also: Motorcycle ban enforecement: Lagos police command dismisses alleged threats by Okada riders to disrupt commercial activities on June 1

The Lagos Ptate Public Relations Officer Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this in a tweet.

“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!” Hundeyin tweeted.

The Lagos State Police Command has also reacted to fears over motorcycle operators’ “plan to cause violence”.

Ahead of the enforcement, the riders reportedly threatened to disrupt social and commercial activities.

However, Hundeyin has assured Lagosians of safety, disclosing that the Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi has deployed human, material, and operational resources to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Benjamin noted that a carefully drafted security architecture, resulting from a detailed crime mapping of the State, has been emplaced.

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