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Lagos extends Okada ban to more LGAs

Lagos extends Okada ban to more LGAs

The Lagos State Government has extended the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada to four more Local Govt Areas and five Local Council Development Areas.

As gathered, the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed full enforcement from September 1, 2022.

The additional councils where the total Okada ban is pronounced include Kosofe Local Government, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Shomolu Local Government, and Mushin Local Government.

Others are Ikosi-Isherri LCDA, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Isolo LCDA, Bariga LCDA, and Odi-Olowo LCDA.

Sanwo-Olu had in May banned the operation of commercial motorcycles on highways and six local governments and nine LCDAs. The governor announced that the ban is “indefinite and total”.

The six local governments listed by the governor are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa. The ban followed the February 2020 restriction placed on the activities of commercial motorcycles.

Sanwo-Olu said the Government took the decision in line with the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 to immediately address the chaos and menace created by the operations of Okada in the listed areas. He told the police to enforce the order without compromise.

He said, “After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated. We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022.

“This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do. We have given the notice now and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas to vacate the highways before enforcement begins. The enforcement will be total.”

Following reactions that greeted the ban’s announcement, the governor on May 24 insisted that the state government would go ahead with its proposed ban on motorcycles, adding that security services and government are on the same page with respect to the banning of motorcycles in the selected areas of the state.

He also assured that the security architecture of the state would not be compromised in any way so that Lagos residents will continue to live their lives and do their business without any fear or favour.

He said, “The security meeting gives us an opportunity for us to review the recent pronouncement on the future banning of Okada (motorcycles) in some selected local governments and LCDAs.

“We are able to put strategies in place. All of us were able to identify a lot of other things we need to do to embark on advocacy and ensure that we communicate effectively and efficiently to citizens. And that is why you see us giving out handbills in all of the major languages that we have in the country.

“There is a radio jingle being sent out to also communicate to people. I am also aware that there is a plan for advocacy on television stations as well.

“It is a people-driven initiative that we all agreed to live and to comport ourselves in a similar manner. And we know what has been the effect of this. So, I am happy that all of us, the security operatives and government are on the same page with this and we will also be going ahead with our plans.”

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Court Remands Wasiu Toheeb, 20, For Raping 40-year-old Woman

Magistrate S. A. Adesina sitting at an Iyaganku Court, Ibadan, has ordered that 20-year-old Wasiu Toheeb, be remanded in custody for allegedly raping a 40-year-old woman.

Toheeb, who was also charged with assault and theft, however, pleaded not guilty.

Adesina, refused to take Toheed’s plea for want of jurisdiction and directed the police to take the case file to the Oyo State director of public prosecutions for advice.

Adesina adjourned the case until Nov. 24 for mention.

The prosecutor, Insp Gbemisola Adedeji, told the court that the defendant raped his victim on Sept. 18 at 1.00 p.m. at Omi-Adio, Ibadan.

Adedeji also alleged that the defendant, on the same date, time, and place, assaulted his victim by biting her all over the body, causing her grievous bodily harm.

According to the prosecutor, Toheeb also stole a pair of earrings worth N5,000 and cash of N7,500, from the victim.

She said the offences contravened Sections 358, 355 and 390(9) of the Criminal laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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Soludo Condemns “Wicked, Cruel” Attack On Soldiers

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state  has condemned the killing of soldiers in Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, Soludo said the soldiers were ambushed on a routine patrol at Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

“We condemn this wicked and cruel attack in the strongest terms. The perpetrators of this act must pay.

“We are not going to rest on our oars, including those people that attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the rest.

“There will be absolutely no hiding place for them.

“Going forward, our actions will show, as these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack”, the statement read.

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Abiola Emmanuel Bags 2-year Jail Term For Fraud

Abiola Emmanuel, 22, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State for fraud.

Emmanuel  arraigned on one count of retention of proceeds of crime.

The charge read, “That you, Abiola Emmanuel, on or about March 17, 2022, in Lagos, within the Ikeja jurisdiction of this honorable court, retained in your control the aggregate sum of $38,000, one HP Elite X2 laptop, one Navy Blue Hublot Fission wristwatch and one diamond encrusted Cartier Santos wristwatch, being proceeds of criminal conduct, deceitfully obtained from unsuspecting members of the public.”

The offence is punishable under Section 333 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

The defence counsel, Z.A. Makinde, appealed to the court for mercy.

An official of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Michelle Wandoo identified the items recovered from the defendant at the time of arrest and they were tendered as exhibit.

Emmanuel was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000,000. s.000.

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