Mass exodus of Okada riders as Lagos releases 500 security agents to enforce ban
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Mass exodus of Okada riders as Lagos releases 500 security agents to enforce ban

No fewer than 500 security agents comprising the Police, Military, Department of State Security, DSS, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, among other paramilitary agencies, yesterday, embarked on a show of force around Lagos metropolises.

This was in readiness of the enforcement of Lagos State ban on commercial motorcycles in four additional local government areas in Lagos.

Addressing the security agents, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, warned that violators of the ban would be promptly arrested and prosecuted.

He said: “Law abiding Lagosians should go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation.”

Meanwhile, the commercial motorcycles riders popularly called Okada riders have been leaving the affected council areas in droves since last week.

Some of them were sighted in lorries, with their motorbikes leaving Ejigbo, Jaknade and Isolo areas.

While some of them moved to other local government areas not affected by the total ban, others relocated to their respective hometowns.

Some of the riders expressed fear of going back to the northern part of the country owing to the state of insecurity.

One of them, Salisu Ahmed, said: “We don’t have any choice than to leave for now. For me, I may not work with Okada again. I am going to learn how to sew and repair shoes. Some of my brothers are relocating to other states because we cannot go to our villages that have been ravaged by terrorists.”

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