ODSG bans ‘Okada’ along Ore expressway
By Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on the activities of commercial motorcycle operators popularly called ‘Okada, along Ore expressway in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state .
By this development, all activities of commercial motorcyclists are henceforth restricted to internal confines of Ore town and other communities in the area.
This was contained in a statement released by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.
Government said it has observed with serious concern, the activities of some unscrupulous elements who have hidden under the guise of engaging in motorcycle business, popularly known as Okada, to perpetrate crimes on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore expressway.
The statement read: “Disturbed by the activities of these criminal elements which include armed robbery, kidnapping, their mode of operations as well as the heightening cases of loss of lives, the Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on commerical motorcycles (Okada) along the entire stretch of the route in question. This action is with immediate effect and shall suffice until further notice.
“By this development, all activities of commerical motorcyclists are henceforth, restricted to internal confines of Ore town and other communities in the area. Security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, are consequently directed to apprehend forthwith, anyone who flouts this restriction order.
“Government appeals to the general public to co-operate with security agencies in the enforcement of this action in order to stem the growing rate of criminal activities along the area.”