Lagos Taskforce impounds 410 okadas

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Some of the impounded okadas

Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has impounded 410 commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada in different parts of Lagos.

The Taskforce said it would not rest on its oars until penchant disregard for traffic rules and regulations reduced drastically among commercial motor cyclists in the metropolis.

Giving the breakdown of the figure, the Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye, stated that 300 motor bikes were impounded on prohibited routes last week while 110 were seized on Tuesday.

He explained that officials of the agency carried out enforcement in Isolo, Ojodu – Berger, Ojota, Lagos Island and Surulere last week while the enforcement drive of the agency was also extended to 2nd Rainbow, where it seized 110 motor bikes on Tuesday.

Jejeloye emphasized that the agency would do all that is within its power to enforce the restriction of motor bikes on Lagos highways and bridges.

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He urged Lagosians to desist from patronising motorcyclists plying highways, maintaining that “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Jejeloye noted that it is disturbing that motorcyclists are refusing to comply with the Lagos Traffic Law restricting them from operating on highways and bridges, adding that, the law was made in the best interest of the general public.

He stated that enforcing the law is like assisting recalcitrant motorcyclists from killing themselves and endangering the lives of other road users.