October 4, 2023

The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, popularly called task force, has vowed to ensure the arrest of Okada riders engaging in criminal activities.

The Head of Public Affairs Unit, Lagos task force, Adebayo Taofiq, said, in an interview on Monday, that the task force would intensify efforts to ensure that Okada only operates on authorised routes.

He said this while reacting to the killing of a Systems Engineer and winner of 2018 IBM competition, David Nketim-Rex, in Lagos.

Top police sources as well as a relative of the deceased told The PUNCH on Monday that David was shot by robbers on a motorcycle along Jibowu Street in the Jibowu area of Lagos State, last Friday.

Taofiq lamented that despite efforts to curb the illegal operations of motorcycles in the state, they keep increasing.

He said, “We are trying our best. At least in a week, we impound more than 250 Okadas. Despite that, they keep increasing on daily basis. From our investigation, this is because of the insurgency from up-north. It is making most of them be migrating to Lagos.

“As they don’t have other jobs doing, they get Okada and begin to use it as a business. Don’t forget that we still have some of these people migrating down to Nigeria from neighboring West African countries.

“We discovered that if we arrest 10 of these Okada riders, four out of the 10 won’t be able to speak English, rather they speak languages that are not of Nigeria.

“We are intensifying efforts and making more arrests. The Commissioner of Police has asked all police formations to join hands with the task force to ensure that motorcyclists’ activities are controlled.”

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