Okada Ban in Lagos: One dead as ban takes off


The okada ban in Lagos took off yesterday leading to the death of a middle-aged woman.

The woman fell off an okada at Ikeja Along when the rider was trying to avoid arrest.

According to The Nation, the woman, with an unknown identity, according to an eye witness named Clement Inuwa, a commercial bus driver, fell as the okada rider tried to avoid the Taskforce, who had taken a position on both carriageways to arrest any defaulters of the governor’s order.

“The okada rider and the woman passenger were coming from Iyana-Ipaja and heading towards Oshodi very early in the morning when they ran into the enforcement team.

“In the process of manoeuvring and avoiding arrest, the woman fell, hit her head on the median and died on the spot. The okada driver however escaped.”

You will recall that on May 18, 2022, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed an executive order prohibiting okada operation in 6 local governments and 9 Local Council Developments Area (LCDA) in the pilot phase of the clampdown.

The councils affected are Ikeja, Eti-Osa, Lagos Island, Surulere, Apapa and Lagos Island local government areas.

In addition, the LCDAs affected are Onigbongbo, Ojodu, Ikoyi-Obalende, Iru-Victoria Island, Lagos Island East, Itire-Ikate, Coker Aguda, Iganmu and Yaba.

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