By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reimposed the ban on Okada in some local government areas of the state.
The governor gave the order while speaking with all DPOs and Area Commanders across the state at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday.
He revealed that other security agencies will join in the enforcement, which will take effect from June 1, 2022.
The affected local government areas are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.
“Governor of Lagos State, @jidesanwoolu has announced the TOTAL BAN on Okada in some Local Governments in Lagos State, effective from June 1st 2022, The whole of Ikeja, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa local government areas,” the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Jubril Gawat, tweeted.
A mob of okada riders had last week attacked and killed a sound engineer with Legacy360 Band, Sunday David Imoh, on Admiralty Way, Lekki, after an argument ensued over N100 fare.
The mob also attacked and injured two other members of the band including a saxophonist, Francis Olatunji, and keyboardist, Philip Balogun.
Many Lagosians have condemned the action of the okada riders, and called on government to curb their excesses.
This is not the first time Lagos State would be banning operation of okada in some parts of the state, but the implementation has not been very effective.