Metro Lagos: Govt Renders Okadamen Jobless, to Crush 4000 Seized Motorcycles



More than 4000 commercial motorcycles seized from "okadamen" in Lagos state will be crushed and recycled, Police Commissioner, Fatia Owoseni has announced.

The Lagos state traffic law 2012 bans motorcycles and tricycles (aka Keke Marwa) from operating in at least 495 of the 9200 roads and routes across the state.

Owoseni said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had directed the police and other security agencies to ensure the law is complied with.

“It would not be one-off. So far, we have impounded about 500 motorcycles since we started our renewed efforts and we now have a total of about 4, 000 bikes ready to be crushed. The law made provisions on how those motorcycles should be handled and the law also made provision on how to handle those that have flouted the law itself.”

According to Owoseni, the decision to crush and recycle the motorcycles is according to the law.

He added that the enforcement would also affect Okada patrons.

“The operators of the commercial motorcycles and those patronizing them, with time, you will get to see the Mobile Court going around to try some of those that have been arrested. What we are saying here is that we want people in Lagos to know that there is a law and the law is made for a purpose and if all of us obey the law and conform, the better for us.”


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