Okada/Tricycle Ban: Police impound 188 motorcycles, 78 tricycles, arrest 40 violators in Lagos


The Lagos State Police Command has commenced full enforcement of the ban on the use of motorcycles and tricycles in some local government areas and routes in Lagos State.

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu had on 1st February, 2020 deployed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, State Traffic Officers, Area Traffic Officers, Divisional Traffic Officers, Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences and other Police officers across the State command to fully enforce the provisions of the Road Traffic Laws, especially the ban on the use of motorcycles popularly known as Okada and Tricycles also known as Keke in some Local Government Areas and routes across the State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police command, DSP Bala Elkana who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Sunday recalled that the total ban as announced by Lagos State Government, took effect from 12.00am on 1st February, 2020.

According to the statement, 40 violators were arrested in different parts of the state while 188 motorcycles and 78 tricycles were impounded.

“The Commissioner of Police went round the state to monitor compliance. The CP expressed his satisfaction with the level of compliance across the state and thanked the good people of Lagos State for their cooperation.

“The CP personally arrested some motorcycle and tricycle operators seen contravening the traffic laws. Others arrested by the CP are VIP escort vehicles without registration numbers, vehicles with defaced and covered plate numbers and vehicles driving against traffic. Twenty-two vehicles were impounded.

The CP reiterated the fact that no one is above the law. He called on Lagosians irrespective of their social status to support the Police in its quest to provide a safe and secured state for everyone to live in and to carry out their lawful businesses. The enforcement is a continuous exercise 24/7 and violators will be dealt with in line with extant laws on Traffic”, the statement said.

Photo: Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.

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