Police to arrest riders, passengers in Lagos in enforcement of Okada ban

Police to arrest riders, passengers in Lagos in enforcement of Okada ban

The Police Command in Lagos State says it will arrest both motorcyclists and passengers as part of measures to enforce the ban on commercial motorcycle operations in the state.

Police spokesman, Mr Benjamin Hundeyin, announced this on Saturday, May 21, in his Twitter handle.

“Under the new total ban of motorcycles in the six local government areas of Lagos State, passengers and riders alike will be arrested and prosecuted.

“The passenger is an accomplice. Ignorance will not be an excuse,” he declared.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday imposed a fresh and total ban on commercial motorcycles; popularly known as Okada, on all highways across six Local Government Areas and nine Local Council Development Areas.

The affected areas are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa.

Sanwo-Olu gave the directive during a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders; and Divisional Police Officers.

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Meanwhile, the Airport Police Command on Friday, May 20, said it had commenced an investigation into the death of a man whose body was found on Runway 18R at the wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

DSP Olayinka Ojelade, the Police Public Relations Officer, Airport Command told the press in Ikeja that the unidentified body might probably be that of one of the hoodlums who usually jump through the airport fence.

“l can confirm that a mangled, unidentified body was found at the International Airport runway on Thursday which was probably hit by taxing aircraft.

“We are still investigating the case of the dead body; and once we are through we will communicate to you our findings.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force yesterday evacuated the corpse from the runway,” he said.

MMIA was temporarily shut down on May 19 after the mangled body was found on Runway 18R of the airport.

It has not been established how the corpse got there; or whether the now dead man was knocked down by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.

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