The Ondo state Government has placed a total ban on the activities of motorcycle operators otherwise known as “Okada” along the Ore -Lagos-Benin expressway.
In a statement issued by the state’s Commissioner of Information, Hon. Donald Ojogo, the government said it viewed 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 crime on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore Expressway.
“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.” the statement read.
Insisting that the ban order takes immediate effect, the government said “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 thus appealed 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.