Okada ban: Taskforce, miscreants conflict at Onipanu

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Disaster broke out on Wednesday between officers of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Particular Offences Unit (Taskforce) and miscreants at Onipanu over seizure of bikes.

The miscreants popularly generally known as Space Boys attacked the Taskforce officers for alleged unlawful clampdown on bikes and tricycles.

It was gathered that the operatives who stormed the world with a truck, entered streets not affected by the restriction on business cycles and impounded scores of bikes.

Their motion was mentioned to have angered the miscreants largely as a result of these affected within the raid had been primarily previous males who often plied their trades on interior routes.

The Nation gathered that the officers carried out related raids at Somolu and Bariga areas earlier than attending to Onipanu the place they had been resisted.

Based on residents, the officers had been impounding business cycles within the space since Monday however individuals may not take it after they went after these on the best facet of the regulation.

“All the world boys in Somolu, Bariga and Fadeyi are threatening showdown with the overbearing Taskforce policemen coming proper into the interior streets to select bikes and tricycles.

It’s loopy. They got here repeatedly on Monday and Tuesday to forcefully accumulate bikes in streets particularly from all these previous males at their park. Everybody simply watched hopelessly

“They got here once more immediately (Wednesday) and had been doing the identical factor. That was how the world boys went after them. It’s not true that every one the bikes had been on the specific. They parked bikes that crammed their van.

“Will all that bikes have been on the expressway?” Queried a resident.

A motorist, Lekan, who hinted on the incident instructed The Nation the officers had been raiding streets off Ikorodu Highway on either side of the expressway, including that it was their motion that provoked the violence.

He mentioned: “I was driving to the office when it started. The Taskforce mem were seizing bikes on streets not thr expressway. See the pictures of the bikes in their truck. The crisis occurred near the Onipanu Police Station.”

However the company denied seizing business cycles on streets insisting these impounded contravened the regulation.

Spokesman for the Taskforce Taofiq Adebayo instructed The Nation that 149 bikes had been impounded for plying restricted routes throughout the state, including that the company would proceed its job regardless of the assault on its officers.

He mentioned: “As a part of on-going enforcement on restriction of motorbike operators from six Native Governments and 9 Native Council Growth Areas (LCDA), our enforcement group immediately went to Ikorodu Highway and all Okada discovered plying highways on Ikorodu highway had been impounded.

“Miscreants and hoodlums attacked our males at Onipanu throughout the enforcement operations however that won’t deter us from implementing the regulation.

“Our males will proceed to go spherical on day by day foundation to implement the regulation on Okada riders and tricycles throughout all restricted areas. 149 bikes had been impounded immediately on restricted routes by the company’s enforcement group  throughout the state.

“Casualty of Okada accident is on the rise and no accountable and responsive authorities would fold its arms and permit such to proceed.

“The regulation proscribing Okada riders has been there, the current authorities solely enforces the regulation and there’s no going again. Varied Okada associations ought to as a matter of urgency name their members to order to not ply all restricted routes in accordance with the regulation.”

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