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LAGOS: June 1 deadline will not stop enforcement, says govt

THE state government has said that the seizure of commercial motorcycles by the State Task Force will continue, despite the June 1 deadline issued by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for them to leave six local councils of Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Apapa and Surulere.

In a statement, yesterday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso said: “The deadline does not invalidate the provisions of the State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which states that “no persons shall ride, drive or propel a motorcycle or tricycle on a major highway within the state, and any person in contravention of this provision commits an offence” and will be made to face the wrath of the law.

“The State Task Force, led by CSP Shola Jejeloye, has continued to enforce the law. It seized 238 motorcycles in Lekki on Tuesday and Wednesday. In Iba on Lagos-Badagry Expressway, where it was violently resisted today, the Task Force seized many motorcycles. The riders were operating on highways and bridges in flagrant disobedience of the law because, according to them, they are free to ply unauthorised routes till June 1.

“This is wrong. The February 1, 2020, directive has not been reversed. The enforcement was weakened by COVID-19, which affected all areas of life. Now, the action is being reinforced. Commercial motorcycles are banned on all major highways: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Oworonsoki-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue, Agege Motor Road, Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road, Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege, Dopemu Bridge Agege, Airport/Ikeja Bridge, Agege Motor Road/Oshodi Loop, Oshodi, Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge, Dorman Long Bridge, Ojuelegba Bridge, National Stadium Flyover, Apapa-Iganmu Bridge, Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge, Liverpool Bridge, Apapa-Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin, Okota (Cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge, Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network, Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover Leaf Bridge, Trade Fair Flyover Bridge, Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge, Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road, Ojota Clover Leaf Bridge, Ogudu Bridge, 3rd Mainland Bridge, Maryland Flyover, Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge, Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran Ikeja, Opebi Link Bridge, Sheraton-Opebi Bridge, Jibowu/Yaba Flyover Bridge, Carter Bridge, Lagos, Bariga-Ifako Bridge, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge, Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Third Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge, Eko Bridge and Apongbon Bridge.”

He said the government praised Lagosians who have come out to support the ban on commercial motorcycles in the six local government areas, which Sanwo-Olu has described as the “first phase” of the action, that has been triggered by safety and security concerns.

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