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Okada ban: Lagos Arewa community supports govt decision, backs prosecution of violators

The Arewa community in Lagos State says it’s in support of the efforts being made the state government to secure lives and properties of its residents.

This is as the community pledged it support for the state government’s ban on Okada operations and prosecution of anyone who flouts the ban.

At a meeting of the group on Sunday where issues bordering on the Okada ban by the state government were discussed, it urged its members to comply with the directive.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the group charged its members to avoid commuting in the Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Eti-Osa, and Ikeja areas affected by the ban.

Part of the communiqué read, “We resolved today unanimously that all our members must comply with the provisions of the laws of Lagos State. We are law abiding citizens and will always continue to intimate all our members to continue to be law abiding and operate only within the ambits of the law. We support all measures taken by the Lagos State Government in its efforts toward protecting lives and property of all Lagosians.”

The community, however, pointed out that crimes associated with Okada were most times committed by foreigners.

“We condemn in totality the activities of all criminal elements, who are mostly foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon, and other neighbouring countries who have infiltrated the ranks of genuine riders, thereby perpetrating all forms of crime in Lagos State,” the statement added.

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