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Register your Operations Within Two Weeks or Risk Suspension, Says Gov. Oyetola To Okada Riders

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

As part of efforts to beef up security in the State, Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has given a two-week ultimatum for full documentation and registration of all commercial motorcycle operations and operators in the State or risk suspension of their operations.

The operation of commercial motorcycle operators in the state has also been limited to 8:00pm daily. Failure to comply with this new directive will lead to  suspension of commercial motorcycle operations across the state.

Oyetola made this known, in Osogbo at a meeting with the leadership of the associations of commercial motorcycle operators in the State. He expressed shock and displeasure at the way motorcycle operators allowed themselves to be used to cause unprecedented damages around the state in the last few days.

According to him, “Security reports revealed that your members played major roles in the destabilization and breakdown of law and order that necessitated the imposition of curfew in the State. Your members were the ones who ferried looters from house to house to perpetrate evil.  They were the ones who were paid to transport hoodlums to destroy people’s businesses.

“I can also confirm to you that even the attempt on my life was aided by some of your members, who after our escape from the mob, gave  my convoy a long chase and attempted to block our movement at different points. We also have security reports that some of your members are involved in all forms of illicit activities like robbery, kidnapping, and ritual killings.

“Considering all these,  the government cannot pretend that all is well because the primary duty of government is to ensure the security of life and property of its citizens.  That is why we are mandating  all the various associations of commercial motorcycle in the state to document their members, register their bikes, issue them tags and reflective jackets with bold prints behind showing the different areas and unit of operation. This exercise is expected to be concluded within two weeks from the time of this meeting. The  time has come to separate the wheat from the chaff

“As leaders of the association,  please ensure this is done otherwise government will have no option but to suspect Okada operations in the state. ”

Oyetola noted that the government was aware that okada business was a source of livelihood and not all of them were criminals but the events of the past few days had shown that the criminal elements among them had become a threat to the peace of Osun.

In their response, the representatives of the various associations of the commercial motorcycle in the State, apologized to the Governor for the role some of their members played in causing devastations across the state, and promised to comply with the directives of the State Government.

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