Lagos Taskforce Clamps 497 Motorcycles On Prohibited Routes, Recommends Psychiatric Test For Operators

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce have intensified efforts at enforcing the restriction of motorcycles on highways and bridges, resulting in the seizure of no fewer than 497 motorbikes at the weekend.

Consequently, the agency has recommended psychiatric evaluation for erring operators driving against traffic, known as “one way”, describing the act as complete madness.

The motorcycles were impounded at Doyin Bus Stop, Alakija, Iyana Iba, Igbo-Elerin, Festac Link Bridge and Igando in an operation led the chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye.

A statement by the Director, Press & Public Affairs,   Gbadeyan Abdulraheem quoted Jejeloye saying the was carried out in order to stamp the commitment of the Lagos State Taskforce to enforce traffic regulations and maintain order and sanity on Lagos Roads.

CSP Jejeloye also the efforts are part of a broader initiative to enhance safety for all road users and eliminate the risks associated with okada operations on restricted routes and Lagos highways.

The Chairman described the activities of okada operators especially along Lagos-Badagry Expressway as reckless due to the non challant attitude of the operators on that corridor. 

“Okada operators here are the cause of major accidents and a big threat to the security architecture of the State along this route, especially the ones you see facing on coming vehicles directly on one-way. It is complete madness and I recommend anyone caught in the act be subjected to psychiatric evaluation” Jejeloye stated.

Utilizing tactical superiority, the Taskforce achieved a remarkable record of seizures during the operation, signaling a clear message to okada violators that enforcement measures will be rigorously implemented in all nook and crannies of the State.

The Chairman reiterated the importance of compliance with traffic regulations and warned erring riders to desist from their operations along restricted routes immediately. Failure to adhere to these regulations will result in the impoundment of motorcycles and possible jail term, he emphasized.

Going forward, the Lagos State Taskforce affirms its commitment to making these operations a continuous endeavor until all restricted routes and Highways are free from the menace of okada. The Lagos State Taskforce urges the cooperation of all stakeholders, including riders and members of the public, in achieving this goal and ensuring the safety and orderliness of all.

He assured Lagosians that the tactical superiority of the Agency would surpress any form of maneuvering abilty of okada riders. He reminded them that both rider and passenger are culpable in the event of an arrest while plying on restricted routes.

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