On Friday, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, stated that his men are attempting to curb the importation of motorbikes known as Okadas into the state.
Alabi said the Command is reactivating the old policy by deploying officers to all border towns to examine all means of importing motorcycles into the state, while parading 13 people allegedly involved in various crimes in the last month.
“We’re going to stick to our old strategy of making sure no motorcycles enter the state.” “Any motorbike detected in any vehicle going into Lagos will be seized,” he stated.
Foreigners seen riding motorbikes in Lagos would be deported, according to Alabi.
“We are aware that many of the commercial motorcycle operators in Lagos are foreigners, and we have begun routine checks to profile them.”
“Once we’ve finished profiling them, we’ll turn them over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for additional investigation and possibly repatriation,” he said.
On Thursday, the police commissioner said that instead of giving out motorcycles as a kind of empowerment, people should pursue other worthwhile endeavors.
“People who buy Okada to empower themselves should reconsider.”
“The reality remains that prohibiting okada in Lagos while some individuals smuggle them in through empowerment is causing police to have difficulty enforcing existing laws,” CP Abiodun Alabi said.