10th February, 2012
Some commercial motorcyclists (okada riders) on Thursday in Ikeja filed a suit against the Lagos State Government, restraining it from banning their operation.
Joined in the suit filed at a Federal High Court, Ikeja, is the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.
The motorcyclists are seeking a declaration to stop the government and its agents from seizing their motorcycles.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suit was filed by five bodies, National Commercial Motorcycles and Tricycle Owners, Riders Association and Motorcycles Transport Union of Nigeria.
Others are Nigeria Auto bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association and Okada Welfare Association.
They averred that incessant seizure of their motorcycles was a violation of their rights, freedom of movement and rights to possess movable property, and means of livelihood.
According to them, the rights are guaranteed by Sections 41(1), 16 (1d), 17 (3a) and 44 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The plaintiffs also want the court to order the respondents to release all seized motorcycles belonging to their members.
The suit was accompanied by a 25-paragraph affidavit deposed to by a member of the association, Mr. Aliu Wamba.
Wamba claimed that the association had more than 7,000 members across the state, most of who were married with an average of four dependants.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.