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LATEST: Arewa Takes Decision On Total Ban Of Okada In Lagos

The Arewa Community General Assembly of Lagos State has endorsed a comprehensive ban on commercial motorbikes, often known as Okadas, throughout the South-West state.

Remember that the Lagos State Government outlawed the operation of commercial motorbikes, often known as Okadas, in six LGAs across the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement at a meeting of the state’s security agencies held at the State House in Ikeja last week Wednesday.

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According to the governor, the absolute prohibition on Okada in the six local councils will go into effect on June 1, 2022, and will be strictly implemented.

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According to Sanwo-Olu, the six local government areas’ Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) would also be affected.

Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa are the six impacted local governments, according to the governor.

Lagos Arewa declared in a statement issued following its general meeting on Sunday that the ban on Okadas is not a new regulation and has been in effect for 10 years.

Alhaji Musa Saleh, Secretary General of the Lagos State Arewa Community, signed the communiqué (LASACOMM).

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Arewa emphasized that the organisation is law abiding and urged all members to follow Lagos State laws.

The general assembly affirmed its support for all actions taken by the Lagos State Government to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Lagosians.

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It said: “We condemn in totality the activities of all criminal elements who are mostly foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and other Neighbouring countries who have infiltrated the ranks of those genuine riders and thereby perpetrating all forms of crime in Lagos state and are constituting serious threats to the lives and properties of Lagosians.

“We are calling on the Security Agencies to identify and arrest all those criminal elements masquerading as Okada riders.”

Arewa also tasked the Nigeria Immigration Service to step up its actions along the border line in checking the influx of those foreign elements coming into the Country without genuine intention.

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The group restated its total commitment and support to the administrative policies of the Lagos State Government “getting rid of all security threats promoting peace and tranquility, safeguarding lives and properties of Lagos and the massive provision and development of infrastructures facilities for all Lagosians.

“We are calling on all well meaning Arewa Community members to comply with our common resolve and avoid the Local Governments of Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Etiosa and Ikeja.”

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The group vowed to work with the Lagos State Government and the Association of Arewa Okada Riders towards the implementation of extant rules and documentation of all riders in all Local Governments of Lagos State.

 

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