Lagos: Okada, tricycle riders protest ban, clash with police

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– Suspected riders of motorcycles and tricycles, Monday, protested their ban by State Government.

During protest in Ijora area of state Monday, riders reportedly clashed with officers.

was learnt that clash occurred when officers attempted the protest embarked upon by the riders.

During the protest, which started around 08.21 am, the protesters blocked the road, burning tyres.

Before the Monday protest, thousands of motorcycle riders working for Gokada and Max had Friday protested at the State House of Assembly.

The riders, who carried placards with different inscriptions, demanded the suspension of the planned ban on motorcycle and tricycle riders in 15 local council areas of the state.

The riders lamented that the ban would not only take their means of livelihood but also render them jobless.

Meanwhile, commuters have lamented that they were stranded at Bus Stops, had trek long distances and pay higher transportation fares their destinations since the ban commenced.

The Government had on January 26 announced that would commence enforcement of the extant Sector Reform Law 2018 from February 1.

The law banned the of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, and tricycles in some Local Government Areas and Local Council Areas.

They include Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs and Ikeja LGA,

Others are Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

The state government also listed highways, bridges and where the law also banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating in the state.

Barely 24 hours after the implementation of the law, Commissioner for and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said the compliance level on the ban of the commercial motorcycle and tricycle was 90 per cent.

The Lagos Command also said had impounded 188 motorcycles and 78 tricycles as well as arrested 40 persons for refusing comply with the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in certain areas by the state government.