3-Day Ultimatum: Register Or Be Arrested, Police Tell Okada Riders
Many Lagosians have fallen into robbery and kidnapping traps because criminals disguise as okada riders.
Asides crime, a visit to the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, would make one see the need to monitor commercial motorcyclists’ operations.
So, this move by the Lagos state police commissioner to control the sector is indeed long overdue.
Mr Imohimi Edgal has given commercial motorcyclists in the state three days to register with any of the two relevant associations or risk arrest.
Edgal gave the directive on Saturday during an emergency meeting with the leadership the commercial motorcycle operators as part of measures to ensure that they are well coordinated to promote security.
According to him, the two recognised associations are National Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NNAMORAL) and Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS).
The police boss said that the registration was necessary for proper identification, warning that commercial motorcycle operators not registered with either of the unions by Tuesday would be arrested for illegal operation.
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“If you want to be a commercial motorcycle operator in Lagos State, you must belong to either NNAMORAL or MOALS.
“All commercial motorcycle operators are given three days to get registered; anyone found wanting will be arrested.
“The operators must wear their reflective vests designed by the unions with their names and numbers.
“Members of the public are advised not to patronise any okada rider (commercial motorcyclist) without the vest as his or her safety cannot be guaranteed,” he said.
He said that the police would not relent in enforcing Lagos traffic laws.
“There are roads okada riders must not ply. They must carry one person at a time.
“The vests are numbered. There are emergency numbers to call in case a passenger has a problem with any commercial motorcycle operator.
“We all want Lagos to be a mega city but this cannot be achieved when we have commercial motorcycle operators without helmets, taking one way and BRT lanes.
“In enforcing traffic laws, community policing is the way out as I don’t intend to enforce these laws without you.”
Edgal also directed that the two motorcycle transport unions should have a database for commercial motorcycle operators in the state.