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Police impound 130 bikes, arrest five persons in Lagos

The Lagos government on June 1, began the enforcement of Okada ban across Apapa, Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Surulere and Lagos Mainland.

• June 7, 2022
Seized okadas
Seized okadas used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: Business Day]

The Police Command in Lagos State said it arrested five persons and impounded 130 motorcycles at Idi-Araba area of Mushin on Tuesday.

The command’s spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

Sources, however, said the arrest and seizures caused a skirmish between commercial motorcyclists and operatives of the taskforce on environmental offences, who were in the area to enforce the ban of okada.

The Lagos State Government on June 1, began the enforcement of banned motorcycle operations in some locations in the state, namely, Apapa, Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Surulere and Lagos Mainland.

The authorities had seized thousands of motorcycles, which were now being crushed publicly.

The spokesperson said the motorcyclists couldn’t fight because the taskforce operatives went to Idi-Araba well prepared.

“They were just causing a scene after the taskforce left with some of their impounded motorcycles. Our men from the Area Command have since been drafted there. Absolutely nothing to worry about,” he said.

Mr Hundeyin added that “The Command assured residents in the area and other places of safety.”


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