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Lagos Cracks Down On Okada, Street Traders

Posted: Apr 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Ejikeme Omenazu LAGOS


The Lagos State government on Mondau began the implementation of the resolve reached over the weekend in which it said it would henceforth strictly enforce the extant laws in the state especially those on environmental offences and restriction of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, on certain routes as well as street trading.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who stated this after the monthly Security Council Meeting involving heads of all security agencies in the state, urged residents to comply with the extant laws in the state to make the enforcement of the law easier.

During the former Governor Babatunde Fashola’s term, government had passed a bye-law restricting okada and street trading, which had been partially enforced till date.

On Monday, April 18, 2016, Independent observed patrols of police, the Task Force ob Environmental Offences and the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Brigade in some locations of the metropolis, including Agege, Ogba and Ikeja.

Mr. Fatai Owoseni, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, who spoke on the outcome of the meeting, urged the public to desist from patronising traders where street trading is not allowed.

Owoseni also counselled Lagosians to stop patronising commercial motorcyclists on routes where the law prohibits them.

Owoseni, who spoke alongside heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force and other security agencies in the state, said: “The council appraised the security situation in the state and looked at  the challenges we are still having and from discussions and conclusions that were made, the council agreed that lot of progress had been made.

“We have covered a lot of miles regarding security and safety in the state. For now, the state is relatively peaceful.

“We want to sustain that tempo; we want to improve on that tempo. We have looked at those areas we need to improve upon and basically those were the issues the Council considered.”