Lagos Crushes 1,500 Seized Motorcycles

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The Lagos State government, on Monday, crushed 1,500 motorcycles (Okada) seized from operators said to have violated the state’s traffic laws. This is a move that is likely to away livelihoods from more Nigerians struggling to make a living amid Nigeria’s economic crunch.

The affected councils include Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu, Mushin, Apapa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, and Eti-Osa.

The LCDAs are Ojodu, Onigbongbo, Lagos Island East, Yaba and Coker Aguda, with others at; Itire-Ikate, Eti-Osa West, Iru Victoria Island, Ikoyi-Obalende, Ikosi-Isheri, Agboyi-Ketu, Isolo, Ejigbo, Bariga and Odi-Olowo.

Oluwaseun Osiyemi, the state commissioner for transportation, speaking at the crushing site in Ikeja, restated the government’s resolve to the safety and security of lives and property in Lagos.

Osiyemi said, ‘This exercise shows that the government is not rescinding its decision to apprehend, impound, and crush recalcitrant motorcycles plying the restricted areas.

He noted that the regular crushing exercise was to warn Okada operators and passengers to stay off the ban areas to avoid three years imprisonment if caught and prosecuted in line with the Transport Reform Law, (TSRL) 2018.

“The ban on Okada in specified regions is crucial for maintaining order, reducing risks associated with unauthorised motorcycle operation, and also improving security,” Osiyemi added.