Inhabitants in some of those locations that were placed on restriction from motorcycles and tricycles operation in Lagos metropolis have been groaning as some have started lamenting the hardship the decision of the state government restricting the operation of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada will have on them and how they've been contending with it.
A resident of ipaja in a location in Alimosho, Mr Bolanle Akinbola told Urban Express-News Online that the government should take a second look at its decision as the action is capable of increasing crime and frustration among fellow riders.
"Let me say this, even the police are disturbing us in areas that are not included in the restriction list, for instance, Gowon estate is not part of the restriction, but once the police see us, they arrest us and take our bikes, this is not fair, the police need to be orientated in other to know which location is part of the restrictions and get a representative from the government to actually verify before impounding those bikes".
An Okada rider, onikoko laolu said some of those police takes undue advantage of government decision and arrest them from where there is no restriction, "Lagos state government should take a second look at that decision, we have no other job, he submitted.
The state government had on Monday proscribed the operations of Okada and tricycle riders in Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate LCDA, and Coker-Aguda LCDA.
Others are Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo LCDA, Ojodu LCDA, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.
Meanwhile the Lagos state police command said it started full enforcement and that it has so far impounded 188 motorcycles, 78 tricycles and arrested 40 violators.
A statement from Lagos state police public relation officer Dsp Bala Elkana said the commissioner of police Hakeem Odumosu had on 1st of February 2020 on the expiration of its ultimatum deployed Area commanders, divisional police officers area traffic officers, Lagos state task force on environmental sanitation and special offences and other police officers across the state command to fully enforce the provisions of the road traffic laws, especially the ban on the use of motorcycles popularly known as Okada and tricycles are also known as Keke in some local government area and routes across the state.
Elkana said the total ban takes effect from 0000 hours of 1st of February 2020.
He said cp Hakeem Odumosu has been moving around the state to monitor compliance, adding that he expressed satisfaction with the levels of compliance across the state and thank the good people of Lagos state for their corporation.
“The cp personally arrested some motorcycles and tricycles operators seen contravening the traffic laws”.
He equally arrested VIP escort vehicles without registration numbers, vehicles with defaced and covered plates numbers and vehicles driving against traffic as twenty-two vehicles were impounded
“The enforcement is a continuous exercise 24 hours and violators will be dealt with in line with extant laws on traffic”