The Lagos State Task Force on Sunday said that it had impounded 4,500 motorcycles (Okada) from riders who had defaulted the states traffic law. It added that the task force was awaiting the directives of Gov. Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on whether to destroy them or not.
The Head, Public Affairs Unit of the agency, Mr Taofik Adebayo, said that the enforcement of the laws concerning the safety of lives regarding motorcycle riding in the state had drastically reduced the number of ‘Okada’ casualties recorded in hospitals.
The officer said that Lagos State is the economic hub of the country, had been attracting people from across the country. He said that the insurgency that led to the displacement of many people in the northern part of the country has forced them to migrate to Lagos and take to the motorcycle transportation which they considered as one of the easiest businesses for them.
Adebayo said that the laws regarding motorcycle riding in the state were not punitive in nature but corrective in order to reduce the high incidence of accidents related to motorcycle riding.