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Lagos impounds 220 commercial motorcycles

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…clears illegal structures, shanties along Lekki axis

After a week-long enforcement operation, the Lagos State Task Force has impounded a total of 220 commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, for contravening the state’s traffic regulation laws.

The Okadas were seized in an operation that took men of the Lagos police regiment across Victoria Island, Bourdillon, Falomo, Ikeja, Abeokuta Expressway, Ojodu Berger and Fagba areas of the state.

Also in the bid to curb environmental degradation and excesses on the part of miscreants and criminal elements who erect shanties and makeshift buildings haphazardly round the state, the Task Force carried out an extensive clean up exercise along Regional Road in Lekki.

As seen in a statement released by Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, Director, Press & Public Affairs of the Task Force, the eight hour long operation which was anchored by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye saw the demolition of shanties across the entire stretch of the road defacing the metropolis, constituting environmental and safety concerns to residents and commuters in the state.

CSP Jejeloye described the clearing out exercise as a step carried out by the Agency to restore the environment of the Metropolis to its original master plan and give room for developmental activities which have been witnessed across the state.

He said: “It’s no longer news to anyone that there are concerted efforts by the state government to restore sanity and progression in the state which have been drawn back by activities of squatters and miscreants who have converted state owned property to private use. We have been on it for weeks clearing out shanties and recovering properties that have been converted to a haven for criminals and urchins in the state.”

He also described the activities of stubborn Okada operators as deplorable and vowed to carry out more traffic enforcement exercises in the coming weeks till they are completely taken off the highways and restricted routes.

“Okada operators across the state are advised to toe the line of best practices or receive a major surprise in the coming weeks. Our operations are going to be more intense and thorough to the point that no passenger will be spared once caught on a bike. We will ensure they are prosecuted according to the provisions of the law till other erring riders get the message and desist from such an activity,” Jejeloye stated.

 

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