By Chris Chimezie
In its bid to ensure that people of the state are secured especially during this festive period, Ondo State Government has banned all activities of commercial motorcyclists (Okada Operators) in the state from 10 p.m daily.
This was contained in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi and made available to The Hope in Akure, yesterday.
According to the statement, the Commissioner hinted that the step was taken with a view to curbing criminal activities, especially during this festive period, and to ensure maintenance of law and order.
Olowolabi however cautioned that any motorcyclist that will be on the street in any part of the state beyond 10 p.m must not carry any load and must show evidence of ownership of such motorcycle.
“This ban does not affect private motorcycle owners who may be going to work or attending to emergency.
“It has got to the notice of the state government that some people are perpetrating criminal activities under the guise of operating ‘Okada’ till late hours and this has to stop, as the issue of security of lives and property remains government’s top priority.
“I want to enjoin all members of the public, particularly commercial motorcyclists to cooperate with the government in flushing out criminal elements from all parts of the state”, the statement read.