Lagos: Task Force Impounds 470 Motorcycles In Week-Long Operations 


Mobolaji Michael 

THE Lagos State Task Force, under the leadership of Chairman CSP Shola Jejeloye, has intensified its efforts to enforce the ban on motorcycle operations, popularly known as Okada, in restricted areas across the state.

In a week-long operation, a total of 470 motorcycles were seized, marking a significant stride in the ongoing endeavour to safeguard motorists and maintain sanity on the state highways.

The operation spans various strategic locations including Berger, Fagba, Dopemu, Iyana Ipaja, 2nd Rainbow, Festac, First Gate, Alakija, Mile 2, Ilasan, Maroko, Lekki, Ikota, and Chevron, 

according to Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, Director, Press and Public Affairs of the task force, resulted in the confiscation of 150, 120, and 250 motorcycles, respectively, from these areas.

CSP Jejeloye stated that most Okada operators seen riding their bikes believe the ban would blow over and they would be allowed to creep back onto the highways but that is not the case.

“Any right-thinking okada operator would at this point realise that it is not business as usual. Our operations have been precise and consistent which indicates that there is no room for okada in Lagos.”

CSP Jejeloye emphasized the unwavering commitment of the Lagos State government to eradicate Okada operations, aligning with the master plan outlined in the THEMES PLUS Agenda of the state government.

Highlighting the inherent risks associated with motorcycle transportation, he urged commuters to prioritize safer alternatives like new blue/ red line railway services and Millennium Buses services to avoid potential bodily harm by okada or prosecution by the state government if caught on a bike.

CSP Jejeloye further disclosed that the concerted efforts of the Lagos State Task Force support the state government’s dedication to promoting a safe, secure and habitable environment, fostering responsible transportation practices, and ensuring the well-being of all Lagosians.

He appealed to okada operators still operating in the shadow to seek other legitimate means of survival or relocate out of the state. He assured Lagosians that the Agency would carry on with its raids across all restricted areas, highways and bridges till Okada operations become a myth.


Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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