Arewa community backs ban on Okada in Lagos


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The Lagos State Arewa Community General Assembly has thrown its weight behind the total ban of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, in the state.

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, 18th of May, 2022, announced a total ban on okada operations in six Local Government Areas in the state beginning from June 1, 2022.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement while briefing heads of security agencies in the state at a meeting at the State House, Ikeja.

This is not the first time the government had announced a total ban on okada operations in these areas, as there was no strict enforcement.

The governor, however, said the ban this time around would be total and would be enforced.

Sanwo-Olu added that the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) under the six local government areas would also be affected.

He listed the six affected local councils as Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.

In a communique after its general assembly on Sunday, Lagos Arewa stated that the ban placed on Okadas is not a new law and it has been in existence for ten years.

The communique was signed by Alhaji Musa Saleh, Secretary General, Lagos State Arewa Community (LASACOMM).

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While stressing that the group is law abiding, Arewa called on all members to comply with the provisions of the laws of Lagos State.

The general assembly expressed support for all measures taken by the Lagos State Government in its efforts toward protecting the life and properties of all Lagosians.

It said: “We condemn in totality the activities of all criminal elements who are mostly foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and other Neighbouring countries who have infiltrated the ranks of those genuine riders and thereby perpetrating all forms of crime in Lagos state and are constituting serious threats to the lives and properties of Lagosians.

“We are calling on the Security Agencies to identify and arrest all those criminal elements masquerading as Okada riders.”

Arewa also tasked the Nigeria Immigration Service to step up its actions along the border line in checking the influx of those foreign elements coming into the Country without genuine intention.

The group restated its total commitment and support to the administrative policies of the Lagos State Government “getting rid of all security threats promoting peace and tranquillity, safeguarding lives and properties of Lagos and the massive provision and development of infrastructures facilities for all Lagosians.

“We are calling on all well-meaning Arewa Community members to comply with our common resolve and avoid the Local Governments of Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Etiosa and Ikeja.”

The group vowed to work with the Lagos State Government and the Association of Arewa Okada Riders towards the implementation of extant rules and documentation of all riders in all Local Governments of Lagos State.

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