Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state on Wednesday announced a total ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) in six local government areas of the state.
The Lagos State Government said effective from June 1st 2022, the activities of Okada must halt.
The whole of Ikeja, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa Local Government Areas.
Governor Sanwo-Olu gave this order today while speaking with all DPOs and Area Commanders across the State today at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says other security agencies will join in the enforcement.
“After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated.
“Therefore, we are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Adding that, “The councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa. The total ban order also extends to all LCDAs under these councils.
“This is a phased ban and we expect that within the shortest time, this ban will be enforced.
“We have given the notice now, and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas to vacate the highways before enforcement begins.
“We have advised the police to enforce the order without compromise, and we would not condone any security formation that relaxes the new ban in its jurisdiction.
Sanwo-Olu noted that, “Residents patronising Okada riders on highways should embrace alternative transportation schemes already provided by our administration to plan their journey.
“We have provided Last Mile buses in the affected areas; they are working and effective. We also have medium-capacity buses and high-capacity buses working in these areas.
“Before the end of the year, we are also bringing the rail along these corridors. We have provided jetties as well to provide alternatives.
“We will not sit back and watch criminally-minded people use a mode of transportation to perpetrate crimes and criminality in Lagos.
“Lives are being lost daily, preventable accidents are happening every day and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws.
“The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order. This ban has come to stay and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement,” Sanwo-Olu said.