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Delivery riders, power bikes, others are not included in ban – Lagos government sheds light on indefinite ban of Okada

Lagos government has clarified that residents who operate motorcycles for courier services or other private dealings will not be affected the latest commercial motorcycle ban.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, on Thursady May 19, 2022 while speaking on Channels Television. 

The state government yesterday announced restrictions on motorcycles, popularly known as okada, from operating in six local government areas of the state.

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The latest ban on okadas in the state comes after a sound engineer, David Imoh, was allegedly lynched to death by motorcycle riders in the Lekki area of the state over a fare dispute.

This is not the first time the activities of okada riders have been restricted in Lagos due to similar issue and things remain unchanged.

This ban according to the state government will be different from the previous ones as it will be grossly enforced. The enforcement will start on June 1, 2022.



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Abiodun Alabi’s statement partly reads; “It does not affect couriers, but the couriers will not carry passengers. We will have to make sure they are couriers and not pretending to be one.

“Then the other officers who are okada owners must be uniformed personnel who are going to their various place of work.

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“Those who own power-bikes are not affected, because it’s not meant for commercial purpose.

“We know that banning the Okada riders can actually increase crime rate. And we are not unmindful of that and we are already putting in place a lot of strategies to contend with it.

“We know that it will send a lot of them to unemployment. We are aware of that and are preparing for it.” he said.

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