Lagos Police clarifies delivery, power bikes exempted from ‘Okada Ban’

Lagos Police clarifies delivery, power bikes exempted from ‘Okada Ban’

Residents who use motorcycles for courier services or other private dealings will not be affected by the recent okada ban, according to Lagos State Police Commissioner Abiodun Alabi.

This was in the aftermath of the ban on operations of motorcycles, also known as okadas, in six local government areas across the state, by the Lagos state government.

“It does not affect couriers, but the couriers will not carry passengers;” Alabi said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, May 19.

The Police Boss added, “We will have to make sure they are couriers and not pretending to be one.

“Then the other officers who are okada owners must be uniformed personnel who are going to their various places of work.

“Those who own power-bikes are not affected, because it’s not meant for commercial purpose.”

The state’s most recent ban on okadas came after a sound engineer, David Imoh, was allegedly lynched to death. This was by motorbike riders in the state’s Lekki district over a fare dispute.

This is not the first time in Lagos that okada riders’ activities have been limited.

However, Police Commissioner Alabi stated that the restriction will be strictly enforced this time.

He claims that the majority of okada riders are criminals who must be removed off the road.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, May 18, stated that there are no plans to block Facebook. This is because of alleged inflammatory statements made by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

At the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja; Lai Mohammed announced this while fielding questions from State House media.

In a meeting with a team from Facebook in Abuja on Tuesday; Lai Mohammed requested that the social media site prevent IPOB from using its platform to encourage violence.

People had been slain as a result of the group’s operations, according to the Minister.

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When asked if the Federal Government was considering banning Facebook, as it did Twitter, because of IPOB’s alleged incitement to violence; Lai Mohammed responded there was no plan yet. This is because the government had a productive talk with the social media network.

According to him, “I had a very fruitful meeting with Facebook yesterday (Tuesday). At that meeting, we expressed our displeasure that Facebook was becoming a power of choice for those who stay outside Nigeria; in particular, to incite violence, killings, burning of government properties, killing of soldiers and policemen.

“And that they should do more than what they are doing now in looking at the contents; which are unwholesome, which are being used on their platforms.

“Incidentally, the BBC did a documentary on this particular issue; and found out that some of them who call themselves social media warriors in England, in France; and other places, have in recent times, been using the Facebook platform to incite violence in Nigeria. We’ve all seen the real-life impact of those war-mongering; the young couple who are going to marry, soldiers who were gruesomely murdered.”

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