Oct 23, 2012

BRT buses destroyed as Okada riders protest in Lagos


Commercial motorcyclists popularly known as “okada riders” this afternoon marched through some majors roads in Lagos State protesting the recent law banning the riders from operating on about 500 roads in Lagos State.

Daily Post gathered that the protesters obstructed vehicular movements in some parts of Lagos, and attacked some government-owned Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses at Onipanu thereby making passengers to trek frustratingly to their destinations.

The Chairman of the Motorcycle owners and Operators in Lagos State, Tijani Perkis, stated that the union would meet with Governor Babatunde Fashola to relax the order banning okada from operating on about 500 roads in Lagos State.

“I have nothing to say now. But I will be meeting with the governor tomorrow and after our meeting I may talk to the press,” he said.

Recently, the state government’s task force on environmental sanitation and special offences destroyed over 3,000 bikes, a move that was criticized in some quarters as a high-handed response to the challenge posed by the motorcyclists.