Taskforce, Okada riders at war in Oshodi, Lagos

Rasaq Adebayo

There was pandemonium at Oshodi area of Lagos State as commercial motorcyclists known as Okada riders attacked officials of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) on Thursday.

In a statement released by the Adebayo theHead, Public Affairs Unit of the Agency, Taofiq Adebayo, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi said the attack was launched by 14 illegal commercial motorcyclists at under bridge, Oshodi area of Lagos.

Egbeyemi disclosed that a distressed call was received that about 14 illegal commercial motocyclists attacked the enforcement team of the Agency and wounded a paramilitary officer (Mr. Innocent Okoro) with operational vehicles damaged.

He said immediately after they attacked officials of the Agency, it was discovered that the 14 illegal motorcyclists ran into a compound at Igbehinadun Street around Oshodi and locked themselves up.

According to him, “The enforcement team with the support of other officials coming from an enforcement operations at Lagos Island chased them and broke the entrance door of the compound and discovered a large number of motorcyclists and miscreants smoking Indian hemp within a residential house.”

He confirmed that the enforcement team arrested 46 of them including those who carried out the attack.

“Out of these 46 arrested suspects, 18 were released after a thorough screening and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Hakeem Odumosu directed that the remaining 28 be prosecuted in court,” he said.

While urging all motorcyclists and road users across the state to operate within the ambit of the law, the Chairman restated the determination of the Agency to ensure that all residents in the state comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Law of 2012. 


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