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Lagos State Government Issues 14-Day Ultimatum To Okada Riders



The new Lagos State Police Commissioner, Kayode Aderanti has issued a 14-day ultimatum to commercial motorcycle operators, also known as okada riders, to stop plying restricted roads or risk incurring the wrath of the law.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, 24 September, 2014, by the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, the commissioner warned that any okada rider that flouts the 2012 State Traffic Law by plying restricted routes would be arrested and prosecuted after the expiration of the new ultimatum.
New Lagos State Police Commissioner, Aderanti
“The Lagos State Police Command has observed with total dismay that some okada riders do not have any iota of respect for the laws of the state as they have continuously and flagrantly breach this traffic law.
“The Commissioner hereby warns and reminds all okada riders in the state that the ban and restriction from plying certain routes is still in force.
Anyone caught flouting it will have himself to blame because the command is ready to take severe action against anyone violating this law,” Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, said.
It would be recalled that okada riders were restricted from major roads in Lagos State in 2012 because of the continuous increase in road accidents caused by reckless driving of the riders, according to the Lagos State Government.
In spite of protests staged by the riders and their union, the state government led by Governor Babatunde Fashola has been adamant that the decision was taken in the best interest of Lagos residents

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