Accidents, Robbery On Okadas Now Drastically Reduced
• Police recount gains of Okada restriction as State Security Council meets
Nov 7, 2012 - The Lagos State Security Council on Wednesday met under the chairmanship of Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) with the Deputy Commissioner for Police Operations , Mr Tunde Sobulo stating that with the enforcement of the State Traffic law, the incidences of using okadas for robberies has gone down remarkably.
The Deputy Commissioner who spoke in an interview at Lagos House, Marina added that the incidence of somebody taking an okada for N3000 from Iyana -Ipaja to go and rob in Lekki or Victoria Island has also been curtailed.
He thanked members of the public for their show of understanding on the issue adding that the security agencies are getting the cooperation of the people on the enforcement.
Re-emphasing that there would be no going back on the restriction on Okadas meant to promote safety and security on the roads, Mr. Sobulo declared: "There are only few ones left and they are the ones that do not belong to any union. They are doing it on their own. And we have been assured by the union leaders that they are on their own.
Mr. Sobulo who vowed that the enforcement will continue, stressed that if anyone goes into the records they will observe that the accidents involving okadas is reducing by the day, with a similar scenario being reenacted in the case of using okadas to rob in traffic or during closing hours.
"The accidents involving okadas is going to zero, using okadas to rob in the hold up during the closing hours has been reduced or even disappeared. Following people from banks to their houses to go and snatch their money has also disappeared".
He gave a commitment that by the end of the year, the crime rate would have been reduced to the barest minimum as there is no society without crime adding that the security agencies will keep on doing what they should do to safeguard all law abiding citizens.
The DCP Operations also acknowledged the support that the law enforcement agencies are getting from the State Governor and the assurance from sister agencies who are also on the road with the Police and coming out with new ideas, new vehicles and new logistics to fight crime.
Mr. Sobulo also thanked the people for their support which has made the enforcement of the law a lot more effective even as he appealed to them to stop patronizing the dangerous "Okadas".
"We also want to appeal to the people if there are no customers for this business, this people will go away. People should stop risking their lives by patronizing this okadas. What is happening now is that immediately we are sighted, the first thing that comes to the okada man's mind is how do I rescue my motorcycle not even his life or the life of his passengers. People should stop patronizing them on the restricted areas. They are not banned. They are only restricted to certain areas".
The Deputy Police Commissioner who also buttressed his point with examples said: "If you are standing by the Toll gate at Alakuko, you should look to your right; you will see vast land, community houses where these people can do their business without being harassed by any law enforcement agents. You look at the left; you will see Kollington, villages all over where they can do this business. They don't have to come to the highway to come and commit suicide"
Speaking on preparations for the forthcoming National Sports Festival, Mr Sobulo stated that all visitors, participants and everybody will be taken care of security wise, stressing that this is not the first time that the Police is managing such an event.
"We have mapped out areas of patrol, areas to put Police, the sports villages, the sports camps. There is no need for anyone to worry about the Games", he assured.
Also with Sobulo during the briefing were Commanding Officer NNS Beecroft Apapa, Navy Commodore Martins Njoku, Commander 9 Brigade Ikeja Cantonment, Brigadier General Pat Akem, Commander 435 Base Services Group Nigeria Airforce, Air Commodore Tony Omenyi and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox.