The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit has raided and seized over 120 commercial motorcycles otherwise known as Okada for plying on restricted roads in Lekki axis and driving one way(against traffic).
The Task Force swooped into action following the gruesome killing of a sound engineer, known as David Imoh by some commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada at the Lekki axis of Lagos.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye who led a team of officers and men to the axis to carry out the raid on the Okada riders for operating illegally in the area.
Members of the Task Force arrested at least 10 Okada riders in the operation which lasted for about four hours on Monday morning for operating illegally on banned roads and for Constituting a menace to the public.
CSP. Jejeloye who brief journalists after the raid disclosed that the Agency had carried out a series of raids and seizures along the Lekki axis in the past but unfortunately the operators of commercial motorcycles have refused to obey this causing mayhem.
He stated that Okada riders have resisted several attempts to discourage them from plying the highway.
According to him; “these Okada operators are found back on the same roads the following week. Some even put up resistance when apprehended because they see nothing wrong in what they are doing.”
“The murder of Mr. David by the suspected Okada men is a painful and tragic incident, hence the need to intensify our activities in the axis and in the State to ensure that the menace of Okada is brought to a complete halt and also prevent a reoccurrence of such an inhumane and barbaric act,” he stated.
The Chairman stressed that; “Operation Kogberegbe which was launched as result of the menace of Okada operators will be reinforced in order to put an end to the nuisance caused by them. No stone will be left unturned this time in ensuring Lagosians are not intimidated while commuting in any part of the State. Enough is enough!”
CSP Jejeloye stated that the menace of the Okada riders in the city is a threat to the security architecture of the State as most of these Okada riders are non-Nigerians and have nothing at stake in case there is breakdown of law and order.
He enjoined all well-meaning Lagosians to know that the fight against the menace of Okada is a collaborative effort between the Government and the people. While the Government will continually enforce the law, the people should also assist the State in keeping Okada off the highways by refraining from patronising them which will permanently keep them out of the illegal business.