By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Recalcitrant commercial motorcycle operators on major routes along Badagry Expressway may have lost huge revenue, as their activities were on Thursday, impeded and some of their motorbikes impounded by operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce.
The operation, which also extended to Festac, Apple Junction and Berger axis, was in continuation of the agency’s bid to rid the state of menace of okada operators despite the ban on their activities on major highways by the state government.
The Director, Press & Public Affairs of the Agency, Gbadeyan Abdulraheem who made the disclosure of the operation in a statement on Thursday, hinted that the exercise, led by the Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye lasted several hours.
It reads, ” In continuation of The Lagos State Taskforce’s bid to rid the State of the menace of Okada, the Agency has raided major routes along Festac, Apple Junction, Badagry Expressway and Berger axis where recalcitrant okada operators have attempted reinitiating operations despite the ban on their activities still in place.
” The operations lasted several hours and was led by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye who stated that the Agency would continue truncating the activities of okada operators if they don’t turn over a new leaf.
” Jejeloye sounded a note of warning after impounding bikes at Berger axis and other parts of the State.
“Okada operations have been banned and banned for good. Its hightime operators look for a different line of legitimate work or have their bikes impounded and also risk fine or jail term. There is no room for okada operations in Lagos.”
” The Chairman assured Lagosians that the mop up exercise of okada activities and other activities that go against the THEMES PLUS agenda of the State Government are going to be continuous and deliberate until safety and serenity is completely attained in the metropolis”.