Sanwo-Olu orders arrest of soldier riding one way, impounds motorcycles

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, ordered the arrest of a soldier and three other motorcyclists for taking one way at the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

In a video made available to our correspondent by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, the governor impounded a few motorcycles and arrested some of the motorcyclists for violating the state’s traffic rules.

PUNCH Metro had earlier reported that the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Wale Ajetunmobi, revealed in videos shared on his X handle on Tuesday that lawless okada riders plying one way along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway left their motorcycles and passengers upon sighting the convoy of Sanwo-Olu.

The statement said, “One of the offenders -a Lance Corporal in the Army-  was arrested with his bike.”

One of the videos shows the moment some motorcyclists drove away with their passengers to escape being arrested by the governor’s security officers.

Some of them were escaping on foot while abandoning their motorcycles and their passengers.

In another video, Sanwo-Olu ordered the officers to put one of the motorcyclists who claimed to be a soldier into the vehicle, stating that he was going to lock him up.

He said, “Put him there; let your father come and rescue you. You’re telling me you are a soldier; that is the reason I’m going to lock you up, useless boy.”

When contacted by the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adebayo Taofiq, he said the governor arrested four motorcyclists for violating traffic rules.

He said, “Four people were arrested because they violated traffic rules.”

Also, when contacted, the spokesperson for the 81st Division of the Nigerian Army said he would get back to our correspondent, but had not done so as of the time this story was filed.

The governor had banned the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, in six local governments.

The governor’s ban is said to be “indefinite and total.” The six local governments listed by the governor are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa.

Sanwo-Olu further extended the ban on commercial motorcycles to four more local government areas and five local council development areas and directed full enforcement from September 1, 2022.

Also, the Lagos State Task Force has said it will crush no fewer than 130 motorcycles seized from commercial bike operators in the Alakija, Second Rainbow area of the state.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses Agency, Shola Jejeloye, said the enforcement was a result of the bike riders’ defiance of the state traffic law, which prohibits their operation on certain highways.