Special Offences Operatives In Lagos State, Seize 115 Motorcycles For Improper Documentation
Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (TaskForce) said it has seized 115 motorcycles including 22 branded commercial motorcycles called ‘Gokada and Maxokada’ for violating the state road traffic laws.
Chairman of the Taskforce, Mr. Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, who personally led the enforcement operations on motorcyclists operating on restricted routes and driving against traffic around Ikeja, Ojota and Maryland ordered owners/operators of commercial ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’ to immediately comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.
Egbeyemi confirmed that activities of newly branded commercial motorcycle operators are illegal and without any valid documentation from the State government.
He reiterated that in accordance with the law no commercial motorcycle operator is allowed to operate on 475 restricted routes including highways and bridges across the State.
“The government enjoined members of the public to henceforth desists from patronising commercial motorcyclists on all restricted routes as passengers are as well liable for prosecutions”
“It was an eye-sore seeing operators of these newly branded commercial motorcycles (Gokada/Maxokada) competing for the right of ways with motorists on highways and bridges across the State”
The Chairman, however, stated that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that the 10 arrested riders be immediately charged to court for prosecution.
One of the arrested ‘Gokada’ rider, Mr. Ayeni Francis who claimed to be paying N3000 per day to their authority said they were not aware of any documentation with the government.
Another arrested rider, Mr. Adebayo Adeniran confirmed that he collected one of the newly branded commercial motorcycle, ‘Maxokada’ on hire purchase from the management after he presented a guarantor.