There was protest by motorcycle operators popularly known as ‘Okada riders’ yesterday in different parts of Lagos metropolis against restrictions placed on their operations by the new Lagos state traffic law.
Reliable Sources confirmed that the Okada riders stormed major highways in Lagos such as Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos island and the Lagos Abeokuta Express way, in an attempt to urge the government to revert the restrictions placed on their operations. The motorcycle operators were seen in hundreds chanting anti-government slogans as they took over the roads causing traffic jams. However, a combined team of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were able to put the situation under control and restore normalcy.
According to some sections of the traffic law, Okada riders are restricted from operating in about 475 roads across Lagos state. According to the Commissioner of Transport Mr. Kayode Opeifa, the state government has added about 15,000 road signs in addition to the already existing 10,000 signs.