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Fresh Influx of Okada Riders Into Ogun as Lagos Enforces Ban

Some of the okada riders banned from Lagos metropolis have started relocating to Ogun state communities on Lagos borders.

The areas that witnessed an influx of the banned okada riders on Tuesday included Agbado, Akute, Mowe, Ibafo, Sango Ota, Ota, Ifo, and Ogijo.

However, some of the okada riders still remain within Lagos metropolis but are staying away from roads.

The total ban on the operation of okada in most parts of Lagos metropolis kicked off on Wednesday with the newly formed anti-okada task force.

Following the enforcement of the ban, okada riders disappeared from several parts of the metropolis such as Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island and Lagos mainland.

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Commuters suffered the effects of the ban with thousands of them trekking to their various destinations.

In banning the okada riders, Lagos state government linked them with the rising crime rate in the city saying that 45 percent of accidents recorded between January and March were caused by okada riders.

Meanwhile, Ogun state government says it plans to control the influx of riders into the state.

Transportation commissioner, Gbenga Dairo announced the move during a stakeholders meeting with public transport union officials in Abeokuta.

According to the commissioner, a task force will be set up to flush out unregistered riders and operators out of the state.

Dairo explained that a data base is being created in the ongoing bio-metric registration of riders across the state to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

He said that unique identification jackets will be issued to those registered under the bio-metric registration exercise.

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