Lagos Taskforce impounds 220 bikes

...demolishes shanties at Regional Road, Lekki

CITIZENS COMPASS – The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce), on Wednesday, said it has impounded 220 commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada in some parts of the state.

The week-long operation took place around Victoria Island, Bourdillon, Falomo, Ikeja, Abeokuta Expressway, Ojodu Berger, and Fagba.

The task force also carried out an extensive clean-up exercise along Regional Road in Lekki. The eight-hour-long operation which was anchored by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, saw the demolition of shanties across the entire stretch of the Road defacing the metropolis, constituting environmental and safety concerns to residents and commuters in the State. CSP Jejeloye described the clearing-out exercise as a step carried out by the Agency to restore the environment of the Metropolis to its original master plan and give room for developmental activities that have been witnessed across the state.

“It is no longer news to anyone that there is a concerted effort by the State Government to restore sanity and progression in the State which have been drawn back by the activities of squatters and miscreants who have converted State-owned property to private use.

“We have been on it for weeks clearing out shanties and recovering properties that have been converted to a haven for criminals and urchins in the State.”
He further disclosed that during the process of restoring sanity in Lekki, the Agency impounded 220 commercial bikes popularly known as okada along Victoria Island, Bourdillon, Falomo, Ikeja, Abeokuta Expressway, Ojodu Berger, and Fagba in a week-long operation.

He described the activities of the stubborn okada operators as deplorable and vowed to carry out more traffic enforcement exercises in the coming weeks till they are completely taken off the Highways and restricted routes.
Okada operators across the State are advised to toe the line of best practices or receive a major surprise in the coming weeks. Our operations are going to be more intense and thorough to the point that no passenger will be spared once caught on a bike. We will ensure they are prosecuted according to the provisions of the law till other erring riders get the message and desist from such an activity.” Jejeloye stated.

The Chairman assured Lagosians that the activities and operations carried out by the State Government are in the best interest of the citizenry who deserve to live in a safe, serene, and habitable environment.

“Shanties are breeding places for criminal elements who come out at night to rob and destroy, therefore they have no place in a Metropolitan City like Lagos. We will ensure that there is no more breeding ground for criminals to run to and by so doing reduce criminality in the State to the barest minimum”.

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