Okada’ Ban: Arewa Community In Lagos Urges Members To Comply

Okada’ Ban: Arewa Community In Lagos Urges Members To Comply

Aruga Joe Omokaro

Northerners resident in Lagos under the umbrella of Lagos State Arewa community have lauded the ban of commercial motor cycle operators, known as Okada’ Riders.by the state governor, in some local government areas of the state.

In a communique issued on Sunday May 22, 2022 after an extraordinary meeting of the forum, members were cautioned to adhere strictly to the ban.

Secretary-General of the forum Alhaji Musa Saleh, confirmed the communique to The SUPREME on phone today Monday 23, May 2022.

It reads in part “The restriction of Commercial Motorcycle (Okada) operators in some Local Governments in Lagos State is not a new law. It has been in existence for over ten years. We resolved today unanimously that all our members must comply with the provisions of the laws of Lagos State. We are law-abiding and we will always continue to intimate all our members to continue to be law-abiding and operate only within the ambits of the law.*

We support all measures taken by the Lagos State Government in its efforts towards protecting life and prosperities of all Lagosians.We condemn in totality the activities of all criminal elements who are mostly foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and other Neighbouring countries who have infiltrated the ranks of those genuine riders and thereby perpetrating all forms of crime in Lagos state and are constituting serious threats to the lives and properties of Lagosians.
. We are calling on the Security Agencies to identify and arrest all those criminal elements masquerading as Okada riders. We also tasking the Nigeria Immigration Service to step up its actions along the border line in checking the influx of those foreign elements coming into the Country without genuine intention.

We are in total commitment and support to the administrative policies of the Lagos State Government getting rid of all security threats promoting peace and tranquility, safeguarding lives and properties of Lagos and the massive provision and development of infrastructures facilities for all Lagosians.

We are calling on all well meaning Arewa Community members to comply with our common resolve and avoid the Local Governments of Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Etiosa and Ikeja.

We will work with the Lagos State Government and the Association of Arewa Okada Riders towards the implementation of extant rules and documentation of all riders in all Local Governments of Lagos State. We must have adequate data on everyone. We call on the Lagos State Government to be vigilant and take proper punitive measures on bad eggs within the security agencies

We thank the Lagos State Government for their support to our developmental programs and are calling on them to support our programs further. These programs include:
(i.) Registration, data generation and compliance monitoring.
(ii) 2-wheels to 4-wheels upgrade program for the same costs.

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