Lagos Police, Taskforce To Clampdown on Errant Motorcycle Riders
Come June 15, 2018, the Lagos State Police Command and the Taskforce on environmental sanitation will begin a clampdown on errant commercial motorcyclists popularly known as ‘okada’.
The clampdown is to be targeted at those without plate numbers, those plying on the 465 restricted routes and bridges, those who are not under any approved union and those without their union apron and identification.
This decision was sunday taken by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, after some commercial motorcyclists razed a police patrol vehicle at the Ibeshe area of Ikorodu over the death of their colleague.
The police who had earlier effected the arrest of 79 persons in connection with the arson, went a step further to engage the leaders of the different unions guiding the riders.
At the meeting where this decision was taken were different unions like was Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS), Nagari Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NAMORA) and Okada Riders Welfare Association (ORWA).
The communique issued by the state police spokesperson, SP Chike Oti, after the meeting read thus , “In view of the unfortunate incident of May 30, 2018, whereby some commercial motorcyclists, popularly called okada riders, attempted to burn Ibeshe Police Post but ended up burning a police patrol vehicle stationed at a black spot in the town, a meeting was held to discuss the issue.
“The meeting, convened by the police authorities in Lagos State was which held at the MD Abubakar Conference Hall of the police headquarters.