Lagos State Says June 1 Deadline Won’t Stop Ban Enforcement

Lagos state government said it would continue to impound commercial motorcycles despite the June 1 deadline that outlawed the operators from some local government areas.

by the Lagos State Task Force will continue, despite the June 1 deadline issued by

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Wednesday issued June 1 deadline for commercial motorcycles to leave six Local Government Areas of Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Apapa and Surulere.

Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for communications and strategy in a statement noted that the deadline does not invalidate the provisions of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which states that “no persons shall ride, drive or propel a motorcycle or tricycle on a major highway within the State, and any person in contravention of this provision commits an offence” and will be made to face the wrath of the law.

He disclosed that the Lagos State Task Force, led by CSP Shola Jejeloye, has continued to enforce the law and has so far seized 238 motorcycles in Lekki on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Iba on Lagos-Badagry Expressway, where it was violently resisted on Thursday, the Task Force seized 195 motorcycles from the riders who were operating on highways and bridges in flagrant disobedience of the law because, according to them, they are free to ply unauthorized routes till June 1.

“This is wrong. The February 1, 2020 directive has not been reversed. The enforcement was weakened by COVID-19, which affected all areas of life. Now, the action is being reinforced”, stated Omotoso.

The government praises Lagosians who have come out to support the ban on commercial motorcycles in the six local government areas, which Governor Sanwo-Olu has described as the “first phase” of the action triggered by safety and security concerns.

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