1st June, 2011
Police officers in Lagos, southwest Nigeria on Monday arrested 177Â 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 theÂ special task force at the Government House in Alausa and involved policeÂ officers from virtually all the 96 divisions in the state.
Further checks revealed that most of the okada riders were picked up at LagosÂ Island, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, as well as Lekki area by the task force policeÂ officers around 10 pm yesterday.
Those whose motorcycles were impounded in mainland area met their fate at major bus stops such asÂ Iyana Ipaja, Oshodi, Ojuelegbaa, Ikotun, Yaba, Sabo and Agege among other areas.
Samuel Jinadu, a deputy superintendent of police and spokesman for the state,Â while confirming the story said that Alausa Task Force is presentlyÂ investigation the matter.
According to him, the riders may be charged to court after police investigation is completed.
ByÂ Emmanuel Udom