Okada Ban: Lagos State Gets Backing of Arewa Community

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 Sequel to the Lagos State total ban  on the operation of  Okada riders in some  Local Government Areas  in the Lagos metropolis , effective June 1,2022, the Arewa community in the  State has  thrown its weight behind the measure, and thus implored its members  to adhere.

The Arewa Community in Lagos State  stated this in a Communique  it issued,   after its meeting on Sunday, where it deliberated on  issues bordering on the Okada ban by the state government .

It  charged its members to avoid commuting in the Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Eti-Osa, and Ikeja areas affected by the ban.

The group   was unanimous  that all its  members must comply with the provisions of the laws of Lagos State, adding that as  law abiding citizens , it will  continue to intimate all its  members to continue to be law abiding and operate only within the ambits of the law.

 It said in the  Communiqué , that it supported   all the  measures taken by the Lagos State Government in its efforts toward protecting lives and property of all Lagosians.

The community, however, pointed out that crimes associated with Okada were most times committed by foreigners.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had announced the ban recently as part of the existing Edict  on the gradual and total  ban of the operations of the commercial motor cyclists  in the State  to check the alarming rate of crimes , and accidents caused by the Okadas  .

Already , most of the operators of the Okadas, believed to be from the Northern part of Nigeria have  begun to send  their motorcycles back to their States  to beat  the take-off of date of the ban , as trailers have been  loading the Okadas, in different parts of Lagos  for onward transportation up North.