Lagos State Government has told Lagosians not to express anxiety over the enforcement of the ban on commercial motorcycle, popularly know as Okada, which commences today, June 1.
The state government made this affirmation on Tuesday, May 31 via the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
He advised all law-abiding citizens “to go about their businesses without any fear whatsoever as measures have been put in place to forestall any disturbance.”
Recall that the state government recently declared total ban on operation of Okada in six local government areas of Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Apapa, Eti-Osa and Ikeja.
The ban was announced few days after some commercial motorcyclists lynched three men and burnt one of them to death over a misunderstanding along Admiralty way, Lekki phase 1.
Reacting, Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within the six local government and their local council development areas, effective from June 1, 2022.
In latest development, the state government assured Lagosians that there is no need for any anxiety over the enforcement of the ban.
The full statement reads:
Lagos state government has noted the anxiety that has followed the planned enforcement of the ban on commercial motorcycles in six local government areas as from June 1. The local governments are: Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Apapa, Eti-Osa and Ikeja.
The law enforcement agencies went on a roadshow today to assure the public that the ban, which was announced by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on May 18, after a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers, will be enforced without any compromise.
There is no need for any anxiety over the enforcement of the ban, which has been hailed by the majority of Lagosians as a reinforcement of the Lagos Traffic Law 2012 (amended in 2018).
The Government wishes to advise all law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses without any fear whatsoever as measures have been put in place to forestall any disturbance. Lagosians and visitors are urged to co-operate with the law enforcement agencies in our collective interest.