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LAGOS: Pandemonium as scores of motorcycles set ablaze in Jakande Estate Isolo

THERE was pandemonium yesterday at Jakande Estate in Oke-Afa Area of Isolo, Lagos when a commercial motorcyclist popularly known as ‘Okada’ driving against traffic (one way) reportedly hit and killed one person and thereafter showed no remorse.

Acording to an eyewitness, trouble started when the the motorcyclist (Okada rider), who was said to have come from the North claimed it was an accident and not a deliberate incident.

Piqued by the statement, angry youths in the area immediately descended on the Okada man with severe beatings and went on rampage, seizing every Okada in sight.

The eyewitness could affirm if the Okada rider alive or not. However, unspecified number of motorbikes were seized, parked together and set ablaze.

The Lagos State Government had on Wednesday June 1, banned commercial motorcycles from operating in six local government areas of the state. The affected local councils are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the ban during a meeting with police chiefs in the state, saying it is “total and indefinite”.

In a statement issued after the meeting, Sanwo-Olu said: “After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six local government areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated.

“We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six local government and their local council development areas, effective from June 1, 2022.

“We will not sit back and watch criminally-minded people use that mode of transportation (motorcycles) to perpetrate crimes and criminality in Lagos. Lives are being lost on a daily basis, preventable accidents are happening every day and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws.

“The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order. This ban has come to stay and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement,” the governor added.

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