CITIZENS COMPASS– THE Lagos State Taskforce has impounded 150 motor bikes and imposed N50,000 fines on 10 Okada passengers who were apprehended in different parts of Lagos State.
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye disclosed this on Sunday, at the Agency’s headquarter’s office, in Bolade, Oshodi, Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, said the operations were carried out within a space of one week at Ogba, Apapa, Tradefair, Elemoro, Ojodu and its environs.
He disclosed that traces of commercial motorcycles operations popularlly known as Okada had been noticed in the aforementioned areas and other parts of the State despite the ban on their activities still being in place, prompting the need for the Agency to carry out the necessary mop up exercises in the city.
Jejeloye disclosed that though there was about 95 per cent compliance but yet about 150 commercial bikes were impounded for willfully operating on restricted routes and flouting traffic rules in some others.
The Chairman said 10 okada passengers were also apprehended for driving on the restricted BRT corridor and they have all been charged to court and were fined N50,000 or serve three months in Badagry Correctional Centre.
“It has come to our notice through our discreet investigations and also via feedbacks from members of the Public that okada riders have aggressively been returning to streets to operate. It is quite unfortunate because we will ensure that any okada caught operating will be impounded and crushed. Passengers and riders who are also caught will be charged to court as well” Jejeloye stated.
The Chairman also reiterated that the Agency would remain resolute in ensuring that the menace of okada and infractions in Lagos never resurfaces as he and his men would carry on with aggressive enforcement exercises to maintain sanity which Lagosians have evidently enjoyed since the ban was put in place.
“We will work hard to achieve orderliness on Lagos Roads in line with the T.H.E.M.E S. Agenda of the State Government and we will make sure we do all it takes to key into for a greater Lagos. No amount of aggressiveness or resistance from okada riders can match our determination to create an enabling environment for every law abiding Lagosian”
In a related developments, CSP Jejeloye revelaed that the Agency has made considerable amount of progress in dislodging Land Grabbers in the State and vowed to go after any unscrupulous element still involved in the practice. He further stated that the Agency provides security back up for other Agencies of the State Government in ensuring that developmental programmes and activities aimed at providing succor to the populace are not hindered by criminal elements around.
He urged all Lagosians to report any suspicious or criminal acitivity within their locality to the nearest Police Station or through the various online media channels of the Agency.