Police, Okada, tricycle riders clash in Lagos over ban

Ebun Francis| Motorcycles and tricycles riders, on Monday, staged a protest against the ban on their operation by the Lagos State Government which began on Saturday, February 1.

The protest around the Ijora area of the state turned violent when police officers attempted to derail the protest embarked upon by the riders.

The protesters had around 8 am blocked the roads in the area, burning tyres.

The Lagos State Government had on January 26 announced that it would commence enforcement of the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 from February 1.

The law banned the operation of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, and Tricycles in some Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas.

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The areas affected are, Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate, and Coker-Aguda LCDAs and Ikeja LGA,

Others are Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende, and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

The state government also listed highways, bridges, and roads where the law also banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating in the state.

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