177 Okada Riders In Police Net


Police officers in Lagos, southwest Nigeria on Monday arrested 177 commercial motorcycle operators in various parts of the state.



PMNEWS learnt that the operators, popularly known as okada riders were arrested for contravening the 10pm deadline imposed on their operations by the Lagos state government.


According to reliable police sources, the operation was coordinated by the special task force at the Government House in Alausa and involved police officers from virtually all the 96 divisions in the state.



Further checks revealed that most of the okada riders were picked up at Lagos Island, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, as well as Lekki area by the task force police officers around 10 pm yesterday.


Those whose motorcycles were impounded in mainland area met their fate at major bus stops such as Iyana Ipaja, Oshodi, Ojuelegbaa, Ikotun, Yaba, Sabo and Agege among other areas.



Samuel Jinadu, a deputy superintendent of police and spokesman for the state, while confirming the story said that Alausa Task Force is presently investigation the matter.


According to him, the riders may be charged to court after police investigation is completed.
By Emmanuel Udom