Tension as Okada runners make bonfires to protest ban in Lagos

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Commercial motorcyclists in Idi-Araba in the Surulere Local Government Area of ​​Lagos protested on Tuesday against the seizure of their motorbikes by the state task force.

Commercial motorcyclists known as Okada bikers set bonfires on the main road, disrupting human and vehicular movement, after task force officials reportedly seized motorcycles in the area.

Footage released online shows police firing sporadically into the air to disperse the crowd.

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Responding, Lagos police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin said “Idi-Araba is safe. Nothing to worry about. Just a few lawless motorcycle riders trying to cause trouble after their motorcycles were confiscated. Our men are completely down. CP Abiodun Alabi is personally coordinating our response.

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In May, the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu imposed a new ban on the activities of Okada runners in six local government areas, namely Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland , Apapa and Surulere.

Last Friday, the state government crushed more than 2,000 motorcycles seized across the state when the ban went into effect on June 1, 2022.

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