Nov 29, 2022

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Okada Ban: History, Crucial Facts And What Lagosians Should Expect From Sanwo-Olu –

The Lagos State Administration, led by Governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, takes a keen interest in the safety of Lagos and is willing to make and enforce laws that will ensure the same in all the territory of local government, hence the ban on Okada.

Since the beginning of his government, Sanwo-Olu has made decisive efforts to preserve Okada as a means of road transport control or to ban it because of the dangers and even crimes involved.

According to Joe Igbokwe, progress has been made “on commercial motorcycles (Okada) under the restriction governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration was between Reverted in 2015 and 2019.”

The governor’s aide added in a Facebook post on Friday, May 20:

“The shortly before the beginning of the government under the F The leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2019 escalated the threat to alarming levels.”

The following are some key facts about how far the upstanding Lagos Governor in on this matter and what he intends to do to keep the state clear of any Okada-related threats:

  1. On February 1, 2020, the Sanwo -Olu-led government announced a ban by Okada in six Local Government Areas (LGAs) and nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
  2. On February 27, 2020, the state of Lagos recorded its first case of Covid-19, preceding an extensive nationwide lockdown. The resulting economic paralysis created a struggle for survival for many low-income earners in Lagos.
  3. Between February and September 2020, the slow economic recovery during this period impacted many residents, prompting the government to help families in need support with palliative care. The Okada ban was still in effect, but enforcement was weakened by the plight of struggling residents.
  4. In October 2020, the crises arising from the nationwide EndSARS protest, which was more pronounced in Lagos, were encouraging , Okada drivers are returning in droves to roads, highways and bridges where they were banned.
  5. The police leading the enforcement against Okada stayed off the streets for weeks. The situation led to the influx of commercial motorcyclists from different parts of the country.
  6. On May 18, 2021, the Lagos government introduced the First and Last Mile buses as safe alternatives on routes where Okada is restricted was.
  7. From January 2021 to March 2022 there were some enforcement actions that resulted in fatalities.
  8. On September 24, 2021, a group of Okada drivers killed a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Kazeem Abonde, at Ajao Estate during a violent encounter between police and some drivers.
  9. < li>Similar violent clashes are usually recorded during enforcement in notorious areas where Okada drivers operate on restricted routes.

  10. Prior to the new announcement, the Okada threat in Lagos had reached worrying proportions, with the Residents have asked the government to ban this mode of transport for safety reasons.
  11. The Horsemen have become lawless. They flout traffic laws and regulations.
  12. They turn violent at the slightest provocation, inciting mob action and jungle justice that has resulted in the deaths of many innocent people.
  13. On May 18, 2022 , Governor Sanwo-Olu confirmed that okada remains banned in Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland and Apapa. The ban also extends to all LCDAs under the listed councils, as well as all major roads, highways and bridges.
  14. Starting June 1, 2022, the Okada ban will be fully enforced in all listed councils and LCDAs.

Pandemonium in Lagos as Okada drivers and police clash

Meanwhile, reports revealed there was a growing protest in Ojo Local Government Area of ​​Lagos on Thursday May 19th on the ban imposed on motorcyclists (Okada) in the state.

It was noted that police officers from Onireke Police Station already started enforcing the order in the area by impounding several motorcycles.