Lagos Government to crush 4,000 impounded commercial motorcycles


Over 4,000 impounded commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada will be crushed and recycled, Fatai Owoseni, Lagos commissioner of police, has said. According to Owoseni, the proposed action is in line with the provisions of the state Traffic Law 2012.


He made this known to journalists on Monday at the Olusosun refuse dump site in Ojota.

Owoseni said the recent clampdown on Okada across the state was necessitated by the government’s resolve to address the security concerns posed by their operations.

He noted that criminals often used Okada to successfully carry out illegal activities.

He said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had directed that the police and other security agencies to ensure the the Lagos traffic law is complied with.

“It would not be one off. So far, we have impounded about 500 motorcycles since we started our renewed efforts and we now have a total of about 4,000 bikes ready to be crushed,” he said.

“The law made provisions on how those motorcycles should be handled and the law also made provision on how to handle those that have flouted the law itself.”

Owoseni said officials would also arrest residents who patronise commercial motorcycles on restricted routes.

He said mobile courts would be set up to try the arrested offenders.



Source: The Cable