Okada passengers on restricted routes in Lagos are to be arrested and prosecuted henceforth.
This is in addition to the ongoing arrest and prosecution of Okada riders plying the restricted routes.
Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Agency (TASKFORCE), Shola Jejeloye disclosed this on Sunday during the decoration of newly promoted officers attached to the Unit at Oshodi.
He said the Unit will embark on mass raid and confiscation of all Okada found on the highways, restricted routes and prosecute both the rider and passengers in an operation tagged ‘kogberegbe’ in line with the state’s vision of zero tolerance for Okada operation.
According to him, 1,654 Okada were impounded at various locations of the state for plying restricted roads and violating the traffic laws on restrictions on major highways in the last one year.
He said that the Agency had taken her enforcement for compliance activities to Ogba, Cele-Ijesha Expressway, Jakande Estate, Okeafa, Allen Avenue, Oshodi Mile 12, Ojodu Berger, Ketu Alapere, Agric in Ikorodu, Agege amongst others in the first two weeks of January this year.
Jejeloye said that the restricted routes have been published severally to avoid unnecessary excuses of not being aware of the law.
He said some of the Okada operators have been aggressive and in some cases, have even attacked operatives of the Unit.
“Hence, we have no reason not to match force with their aggressiveness and lawlessness this time around,’’ he said, adding that all the restricted routes will be closely monitored to rid the state of Okada riders’ menace which could lead to needless loss of lives and serious security challenges.
‘‘Henceforth the agency will no longer look the other way or tolerate any act of indiscipline from illegal ticketers of okada riders who are constituting nuisance on Lagos roads as the agency will begin to arrest and prosecute them for disrupting the free flow of traffic as a result of their illegal activities.
“We are not unaware of their activities in all the areas in Lagos metropolis, especially the ones mentioned on Social Media. We have been there before and we will still come back to hit them hard, this time there will be a total clampdown till they learn to abide by the rules and regulations governing their operations in the state,” Jejeloye said.