Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force impounded 146 motorcycles, popularly called Okada, on Tuesday and prosecuted 21 riders, for driving on restricted routes.
The riders were sentenced to two weeks imprisonment for driving motorcycles on restricted routes and conducts likely to cause breach of peace
Impounded Motorcycles Chairman of the task force, Police Superintendent Olayinka Egbeyemi, explained that the enforcement operations were carried out based on series of complaints to the agency by the public on criminal activities perpetuated by the Okada riders at Second Rainbow, Mile 2, Orile-Iganmu and Coker Aguda.
Egbeyemi stressed that the Okada riders have continued to terrorise innocent members of the public, dispossessing them of their valuables such as phone, jewelleries and bags.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Mobile Court Magistrate Lateef Owolabi, has forfeited the impounded motorcycles to government.
Prosecuting counsel, Adedoyin Odukoya, disclosed that 21 arrested motorcycle riders were convicted after they all pleaded guilty to the two-count charge levied against them with the option of N5,000 fine.
He advised Okada riders to properly screen out criminals among their members and to educate others about the restricted 475 routes, which include highways and bridges across the state, in accordance with the state’s 2012 Road Traffic Law.