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.