Lagos Taskforce Seizes 355 Okadas, Highlights Challenges in Arresting Okada Riders Compared to Armed Robbers

Lagos Taskforce Impounds 355 Okadas, Says Okada Riders More Difficult To Arrest Than Armed Robbers

The Lagos State Taskforce encountered challenges during a recent special operation aimed at curbing the use of motorcycles (Okadas) on prohibited routes. In the course of a five-hour operation across the state, the task force managed to impound 355 motorcycles, highlighting the difficulties faced in apprehending Okada riders compared to armed robbers.

CSP Shola Jejeloye, the Chairman of the Agency, emphasized the intricacies involved in arresting Okada riders, describing it as a more challenging task than apprehending armed robbers.

Jejeloye acknowledged the agility of Okada riders, noting that they can swiftly maneuver and ride against traffic upon spotting law enforcement, thereby posing risks to themselves, passengers, and other road users.

In a commitment to eliminating the Okada menace on restricted routes, Jejeloye assured the public that the task force was fully prepared for the operation, resulting in the confiscation of a significant number of motorcycles. Seven trucks were utilized to transport the impounded Okadas.

Lagos Taskforce Seizes 355 Okadas, Highlights Challenges in Arresting Okada Riders Compared to Armed Robbers
Lagos Taskforce Seizes 355 Okadas, Highlights Challenges in Arresting Okada Riders Compared to Armed Robbers (Credits: Tribune Online)

Jejeloye explained the strategic approach taken by the Taskforce, revealing that they revisited certain areas to reinforce their message to defiant Okada riders. He stated, “Our success today is one of a kind as a result of the number of bikes seized in this axis.

We had visited Alakija and Abule Ado weeks ago, but we had to revisit here again. We also included Trade Fair/Badagry Expressway this time to achieve this result and also send a clear message to these intractable Okada riders.”

Assuring Lagosians of the Taskforce’s determination to cleanse all parts of the state where Okada activities are prohibited, Jejeloye urged residents to refrain from patronizing Okada riders and opt for safer means of transportation suitable for a mega city like Lagos.

He also reminded the public of the legal consequences for both riders and passengers caught using Okadas on state highways or in areas where their operations are banned.

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