Okada Riders Aid Crime In Lagos —Police Chief


The new Deputy Commissioner of Police (operations), Lagos Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos state, South West, Nigeria, Mr. Babatunde Sobulo has said that the police is convinced beyond reasonable doubts that most motorcycle operators popularly known as Okada, perpetrate or aid criminal activities in the state.

Speaking on the recent joint military onslaught on defiant Okada riders who failed to obey the new edict of the state, banning commercial motorcyclists from operating at night between 8pm – 6am on Lagos island and 10pm – 6am on Lagos mainland, the DC (ops) said the exercise was yielding positive results as hundreds of riders were arrested and over many motor cycles impounded.

He revealed that the joint patrol by the Police, Army, Navy, Air force and the State Security Service (SSS), has become a routine with the service chiefs in the state personally directing the all-night security surveillance to battle the hoodlums in the state to stand still.

Involved in the “sweep Lagos clean of crime” battle are: the state Commissioner of police, Alhaji Yakubu Alkali, Director of SSS(Lagos), Mr. Achu Ben Olayi, the Commandling officer, NNS Beecroft (Naval Base, Apapa), Navy Commodore Jonathan Ango, Commander, 9 Brigade, (Ikeja Cantonment), Brigadier – General Sanusi Nasiru Muazu and Air Force Commander, 435BSG (Ikeja Base), Group Captain Ayo Said Abdulsalam.

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Sobulo who declared that police officers and men would not rest on their oars in the battle against those who are bent on perpetrating crime in the state, advised motorists to comply with the new stop and search rule in the state.

He added that the law against the Okada riders does not exclude military and Para-military personnel, stressing that anybody who breaks the law would surely face the music.

DCP Tunde Sobulo, former commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos, Mopol 20 Lagos, and operation Fire For Fire (FFF), was recently redeployed to Lagos.

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