The Lagos state police has stated that in a bid to ensure that residents of the state adhere to the motorcycle ban, 70 passengers and seven okada riders have been prosecuted at magistrate court.
The offenders have either been fined or sentenced to six months jail term.
The command’s spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated via his Twitter handle that many Okada riders escaped.
“So far, seven riders and 70 passengers have been prosecuted. So far still, magistrates have been awarding N50,000 fine or 6 months imprisonment (especially for the unruly/confrontational ones),” he said.
“For those wondering, many offenders abscond leaving motorcycles behind.”
It should be recalled that in May, the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu issued a fresh total ban on okada riders’ operations in six local government areas, which are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Apapa, and Surulere.
The move was triggered by the death of a sound engineer lynched by some Okada riders in Lekki, an upscale area of the state.