Mixed reactions greeted the decision of the Ogun State Police Command directives to restrict the services and movement of commercial motorcycles popularly known as 'Okada' in the State. Earlier in the week the State Police Command issued a statement restricting the movement of ‘Okadas’ between 8pm and 5am.
This development the Police claim became expedient as the yuletide season approaches. there is a need to beef up security and safety of the citizenry as many criminal activities in the past had been traced to the use of ‘Okada’ as means of transportation, a source from the Nigeria Police claim
However most residences of Ota and its environs are not happy with the development saying; it will further aggravate the suffering of the people that make use of Okada as their only means of transportation. Many residents made their displeasure known on a radio program monitored today.
Our correspondence who monitored the radio station’s popular morning program called “Igba Owuro” on Hebron 95.9FM reported that many callers expressed their displeasure on the directive. One caller identified as Mr. Saheed opined that ‘’the restriction will infringe people’s right of movement and limit their options for means of transportation, he went further to say that there are so many areas that commercial buses and cabs don’t ply, especially news sites’’
Another caller’s concern is that many who work in Lagos and live in Ota might find it difficult to get back home because many usually return home much latter than the 8pm restriction time. He urged the police to rethink the idea and instead provide adequate security especially in areas prone to crime and criminality.
Residence also decries the deplorable condition of the roads which they sited as the reason many result to use of Okada.
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