Commercial motorcycles operations, popularly known as ‘Okada’ have been banned in some parts of Ondo State by the state government.
The restriction by the government majorly affected their operations in Ofosu and Ajebamidele axis of the Benin-Ore highway in Odigbo Local Government area of the state.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, the state government said the decision was necessary on the stretch of the road which borders Edo and Ogun states, due to what it described as the nefarious activities of the Okada riders.
In the statement, Ojogo maintained that their activities will henceforth be restricted within Ore town, pointing out how increasing crime rate in the affected areas are mostly perpetrated under the guise of those riding okada.
The statement read, “Government has observed with serious concern, the activities of some unscrupulous elements who have hidden under the guise of engaging in motorcycle business, popularly also known as Okada, to perpetrate crime on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore Expressway.
“Disturbed by the activities of these criminal elements which include armed robbery, kidnapping, their mode of operations as well as the heightening cases of loss of lives, the Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) along the entire stretch of the route in question. This action is with immediate effect and shall suffice until further notice.
“By this development, all activities of commercial motorcyclists are henceforth, restricted to internal confines of Ore town and other communities in the area. Security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, are consequently directed to apprehend forthwith, anyone who flouts this restriction order.
“Government appeals to the general public to co-operate with security agencies in the enforcement of this action in order to stem the growing rate of criminal activities along the area.”
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