Abiodun Alabi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has on Thursday clarified that residents who operate motorcycles for courier services or other private dealings will not be affected by the latest okada ban in the state.
The state government had announced restrictions on motorcycles, popularly known as okada, from operating in six local government areas of the state following incident that happened between an Okada man and a sound engineer in Lekki, Lagos that led to the latter’s death.
Mr Abiodun while making the clarification an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said:
“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.
“Those who own power-bikes are not affected, because it’s not meant for commercial purpose.”
Unlike the previous restrictions of the activities of okada riders in Lagos, the Police Commissioner said the enforcement of the ban this time will be more thorough. He alleged that most okada riders are criminals and must be taken off the road.
However, the police chief acknowledged that banning okadas may have its side effects. In his words:
“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.”
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