Following order issued by the Lagos State Government under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu which ban the use of Okada, Gokada and all motorcycles in the state, the Nigerian Police force and other security agencies have reportedly seized numbers of vehicles on February 1, from those who fails to abide by the new rule which restricts the use of the same.
In a report which was given on Sunday evening, the state Police Command reveals that it has seized no less than 188 motorcycles, 78 tricycles and also captured about 40 individuals for breaking the new vehicle restriction rules in the state.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Saturday had deployed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, State Traffic Officers, Area Traffic Officers, Divisional Traffic Officers, the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences and other police personnel to enforce the state road traffic laws that restricted motorcycles and tricycles from operating on certain routes in the state.
He further reveals that some Very Important Personality escort vehicles that have no number plates, vehicles with defaced and covered number plates and vehicles driving against the traffic were also seized during the outing, adding that Odumosu urged Lagos residents to comply with the new directive.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, had on February 1, 2020, deployed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, State Traffic Officers, Area Traffic Officers, Divisional Traffic Officers, Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences and other police officers across the state to fully enforce the provisions of the Road Traffic Laws, especially the ban on the use of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, and tricycles, also known as Keke, in some local government areas and routes across the state,” said Elkana.
He added; “The total ban as announced by the Lagos State Government took effect from 00.00 hours on February 1, 2020. Forty violators were arrested in different parts of the state and 188 motorcycles and 78 tricycles were impounded. The Commissioner of Police went around the state to monitor compliance and expressed his satisfaction with the level of compliance. He thanked the good people of Lagos State for their cooperation.”
“The CP personally arrested some motorcycle and tricycle operators seen contravening the traffic laws. Others arrested by the CP were VIP escort vehicles without number plates, vehicles with defaced and covered number plates and vehicles driving against the traffic. Twenty-two vehicles were impounded.
“The CP reiterated the fact that no one was above the law and called on Lagos residents, irrespective of their social status, to support the police in their quest to provide a safe and secure state for everyone to live in and to carry out their lawful businesses.”
Elkana further warns that the enforcement will be a continuous exercise that would be done every day for 24 hours, and noted that the security operatives will deal with any violator in accordance with the extant laws on traffic.