Lagos Govt Impounds 150 Okada, Arrests 10 For Flouting Ban
The impounded motorcycles

Reports reaching the desk of Africa Today News, New York has it that the Lagos State Environmental Enforcement and Special Offences Unit has impounded no fewer than 150 motorcycles for allegedly violating traffic rules in the last week.

Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, who is the unit’s spokesman, disclosed on Sunday that 10 persons, including motorcyclists and passengers, were also arrested and prosecuted for plying the BRT corridor.

He stated that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation at Ogba, Apapa, “Trade Fair,” Elemoro, Ojodu, and environs.

Lagos State government banned the operation of commercial motorcyclists on some parts of the state earlier in the year.

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Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 percent compliance with the ban, but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order.

‘It has come to our notice that commercial motorcyclists have aggressively been returning to the restricted routes.

‘Any commercial motorcyclist caught will have his motorcycle crushed. Passengers and riders who are caught will be charged in court. Ten commercial motorcyclists and passengers were arrested for riding on the restricted BRT corridor.

‘They were in court and were fined N50,000 each or serve three months at the Badagry Correctional Centre.’

Meanwhile, police officers attached to the Ikorodu Division in Lagos State have intercepted two commercial buses loaded with a large cache of live cartridges, three dismantled motorcycles, and some personal effects.

‘Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects, Tukur Abdullah ‘m’ aged 35, Muazu Telim ‘m’ aged 50, and Dahiru Idris ‘m’ aged 36 were on their way to Katsina State,’  Hundeyin added.

They were intercepted at Poromope Estate, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State, the spokesman of the state’s police command Benjamin Hundeyin said in a statement on Saturday.

Africa Today News, New York

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