Lagos Police Intercept 163 ‘Okada’, Arrests 29 Riders

LAGOS OCTOBER 30TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Lagos State Taskforce, yesterday said it impounded 163 commercial motorcycles and arrested 29 riders while enforcing the state government’s ban of such cycles on restricted routes across the state.
This is just as the agency also flayed the attack by a sister agency on operatives of the Taskforce as they were conveying some seized motorcycles from Apapa Police Station to the crush yard in Oshodi.
According to the Taskforce, the sister agency had aided and abetted miscreants to waylay the vehicle carrying the seized motorcycles at the Mile 2 area of the state.
The miscreants were said to have removed four of their motorcycles from the 20 motorcycles that were being taken to the crush yard.
According to the Tasforce Chairman, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, it was after the attack that the agency embarked on another raid that earthed the 163 motorcycles and saw 29 riders arrested
While reiterating his commitment to the enforcement of the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 on motorcycle operators plying restricted routes across the state he said the law must be followed to the letter.
Reacting to the incidence around Mile 2 area where a sister agency aided miscreants to attack and remove four out of 20 impounded motorcycles from the agency’s truck while conveying them from Apapa to Taskforce crush yard, he said it was very unfortunate.
He said, “A police station along the Apapa expressway requested for the agency’s truck to convey 20 impounded motorcycles by their officers to TaskForce crush yard.
“While the truck was conveying these 20 impounded motorcycles, a sister agency blocked the road with their vehicles around Mile 2 area and allowed miscreants to remove four out of these 20 impounded motorcycles.
“There must be synergy between all security agencies of government in order to collectively fight the menace of these motorcycle operators on all restricted routes across the state.
“Already, the Nigeria Police Divisions across the state have been collaborating with the agency by impounding motorcycles operators plying restricted routes around their respective areas.”
On the subsequent raid around Second Rainbow along Mile 2 area including Festac where 163 motorcycles were impounded and 29 riders arrested, he said the operation was based on series of complaints from members of the public on criminal activities perpetuated by some of these motorcycle operators.
He disclosed further that residents had accused the operators of snatching of their bags, phones, wallets and jewelleries around these areas at night.
Egbeyemi advised members of the public to desists from patronising commercial motorcycle operators on restricted routes as anyone arrested will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
He said the state Commissioner of Police , Acting CP Edgal Imohimi, has directed that all arrested 29 motorcycle operators be immediately charged to court for prosecution.
Applauding the agency’s efforts towards eradicating activities of motorcycle operators on restricted routes, a concerned citizen, Alhaji Lukumon Lateef, commended the Agency for responding promptly to thier complaints.
He said people living around 2nd Rainbow area and Mile 2 Estate towards Festac could no longer sleep with their eyes closed due to criminal activities perpetuated by some of these motorcycle operators.
Alhaji Lateef however confirmed that most of these commercial motorcycle operators are illegal immigrants from neighbouring West African Countries who cannot communicate in English

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