Rumpus as Lagos Task Force raids commercial motorcycles, trikes ahead of Feb 1 ban

There was commotion in Lagos on Tuesday as Task Force has arrested commercial motorcycles and tricycles before the February 1st take off the government announced on Monday.

Many of the drivers were crying and lamenting as the Task Force Impounded the vehicles.

Lagos State Government announced that starting from February 1st, 2020, it would ban commercial motorcycles and tricycles in some six local government areas and nine local council development areas.

The ban however kicked off at Alakuko, Alagbado in Ojokoro LGA of Lagos state and arrested about 32 Okada and 18 tricycles on Tuesday. The raid continued in Ikeja and Agege,

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, said the government took the decision to ban the operation of Okada and tricycles due to the havoc they cause in those communities.

The statement reads: “After a robust assessment of the debate on what has been widely referred to as the Motorcycle (Okada) and Tricycle (Keke) Menace, the Lagos State Government and the State Security Council have decided that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount.

The figures are scary.

“From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone. This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date.

“The rate of crimes aided by Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) keeps rising. Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are also used as getaway means by criminals.

“Therefore, after consultations with stakeholders, the State Security Council, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) in the following Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs):

Apapa LG and Apapa Iganmu LCDA

Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA

Surulere LG, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs

Ikeja LG, Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs

Eti-Osa LG, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs

Lagos Island LG and Lagos Island East LCDA

“The full enforcement begins on February 1, 2020.

“This is the first stage of the State Government’s plan to sanitize our roads and protect Lagosians from the negative effects of these illegal modes of transportation.

The Law is very clear. Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are banned on all highways, bridges and the listed roads.

Major Highways

  1. Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
  2. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
  3. Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway
  4. Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway
  5. Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
  6. Third Mainland Bridge
  7. Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
  8. Lagos-Badagry Expressway
  9. Funsho Williams Avenue
  10. Agege Motor Road
  11. Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road

Bridges

  1. Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege
  2. Dopemu Bridge Agege
  3. Airport/Ikeja Bridge
  4. Agege Motor road/oshodi Loop, Oshodi
  5. Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
  6. Dorman Long Bridge
  7. Ojuelegba Bridge
  8. National Stadium Flyover
  9. Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
  10. Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
  11. Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
  12. Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
  13. Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
  14. Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
  15. Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover leaf Bridge
  16. Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
  17. Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
  18. Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
  19. 2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road
  20. Ojota Clover leaf Bridge
  21. Ogudu Bridge
  22. 3rd Mainland Bridge
  23. Maryland flyover
  24. Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
  25. Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja
  26. Opebi Link Bridge
  27. Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
  28. Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge
  29. Carter Bridge, Lagos
  30. Bariga-Ifako Bridge
  31. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
  32. Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
  33. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
  34. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/3rd Mainland Bridge
  35. 3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
  36. Eko Bridge
  37. Apongbon flyover Bridge
  38. Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
  39. Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
  40. Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
  41. Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge

 

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