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News - February 28, 2017

Lagos to crush over 4,000 impounded ‘Okada’

Commercial motor cycles popularly known as Okada

More than 4,000 impounded motor cycles popularly known as Okada is set to be crushed by the Lagos State government.

The state government said on Monday it had concluded plans to commence the crushing and recycling of the impounded commercial motorcycles in line with the provisions of the state Traffic Law 2012.

The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who made the comment in Lagos, said the recent clampdown on Okada across the state was a fall out of the government’s resolve to address the security concerns posed by their operations, saying that criminals are in the habit of using Okada to perpetrate crime and get away.

“The Lagos Traffic Law 2012 prohibits the operations of Okada and tricycles also known as Keke Marwa in certain routes and areas across the state,” Owoseni said.

He said the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, had directed that the police and other security agencies concerned redouble efforts to ensure the law is complied with, assuring that the clampdown will be sustained vigorously on a daily basis.

He said: “It would not be one off. So far, we have impounded about 500 motorcycles since we started our renewed efforts and we now have a total of about 4,000 bikes ready to be crushed. The law made provisions on how those motorcycles should be handled and the law also made provision on how to handle those that have flouted the law itself,” the police boss said. (Thisday)

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