Okada Ban: Police arrest 24 suspects at Ijora for blocking major roads


Twenty-four suspects were yesterday arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Police command for blocking major roads and causing obstructions at Ijora area of the state.

Operators of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada and tricycle operators also known as Keke Marwa, in the early hours of Monday took to the streets at the Ijora Badia area of Lagos state to protest the enforcement of the new Lagos Traffic Law which banned the use of motorcycle and tricycle in some parts of the state thereby obstructing vehicular movement.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Bala Elkana in a statement said that Police at about 7.45am had received a distress call that some hoodlums in large number armed with cutlasses, suspected to be Okada riders and thugs blocked some major roads around Ijora Oloye, Amusu, Ijora 7up, Ijora under bridge, SIFAX junction and Gaskiya Gangare area all within Ijora Badia Division.

Elkana disclosed that the hoodlums caused major obstructions on the roads, burning tyres, looting and stealing from unsuspecting road users.

According to him, Police Officers from Ijora Badia, Area B Command and Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants were promptly deployed to the scenes.

“The situation was brought under control. The obstructions were cleared for free flow of traffic. No life was lost. Twenty four suspects were arrested. Investigation is ongoing, the suspects will be charged to Court”, he said.

Photo: 24 suspects arrested over Okada ban protest at Ijora, Lagos.

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