Lagos State government has urged residents in the areas where motorcycle (Okada) operations had been prohibited to comply with the ban.
It said both riders and passengers who defaulted the ban would be liable to a three-year jail term.
Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, stated this as enforcement for the phase two ban starts on Friday (tomorrow).
He spoke during a news conference in Ikeja, saying that the phase two okada ban was in four local government areas and six local council development areas (LCDAs).
He said, “We implore the general public to comply, as both the rider and passenger are both liable to three years in prison if prosecuted.
“Their motorcycles will be impounded and crushed in the public view, in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018.
“We implore the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision geared towards combating the monster that the okada operation has created so that sanity can return to our state.”
The commissioner hinted that 200 officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had been deployed alongside other security agencies to enforce the ban.
He added that the extension was in the right direction to ensure the security of the lives and properties of Lagosians.
Oladeinde said, “As a responsive government, we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation, that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation.
“The alternative transportation includes the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (LAGRIDE), and other acceptable modes of transportation, to go about their daily activities.
“The decision and position of the government on okada is very clear, and we are not compromising on this decision, which is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to the decrease in accidents and crime.”
In August, the Lagos State government declared a total ban on four more LGAs and six LCDAs mainly in Kosofe (Ikosi-Isheri and Agboyi-Ketu LCDAs); Mushin (Odi-Olowo LCDA); Oshodi (Oshodi-Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs), and in Shomolu (Bariga LCDA).