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      Okada ban: According to the FRSC, over 13,000 illegal motorcycle riders were arrested in August.

      According to the Federal Road Safety Corp, over 13,000 illegal motorcycle riders were apprehended across Nigeria in August.

      According to the News Agency of Nigeria, this was revealed by Mr Dauda Biu, the acting FRSC Corp Marshall in Abuja, while speaking to members of the press.

      He also revealed that 20,000 motorcycles were impounded in August and that over 100,000 vehicles were uploaded to the national vehicle identification database.

      What FRSC is saying

      Mr Biu noted that in order for the corps to achieve a robust data collection, they are currently carrying out special enforcement operations on unregistered motorcycles.

      “Part of the efforts we have put in place towards achieving a robust data collection is the ongoing special enforcement operations on unregistered motorcycles which commence at the beginning of August.

      “The clampdown, which is a timely response to the directive issued by the Presidency through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, will no doubt boost national information and enhance intelligence gathering and criminal information amid the ongoing fight against insecurity in the country.”

      Speaking further, he stated that the corps is launching its nationwide end-of-year campaigns, with the goal of achieving zero fatalities and minimal RTCs during the 2022 ‘Ember Months,’ and that personnel will be deployed to motor parks to educate people on the importance of avoiding overloading and overspeeding.

      “This involves massive deployment of personnel and logistics to motor parks for aggressive sensitisation. This is so particularly around identified black spots, for the containment of the perennial traffic gridlocks and the accompanying hazards,”

      “Towards this year’s exercise, we embarked upon elaborate studies along the identified black spots to determine the immediate and remote causes of the gridlock. We mobilised relevant stakeholders to collectively address the challenges and embark on public enlightenment programmes.

      “The Corps also came up with the idea of enhancing patrol operations by ensuring massive deployment of personnel and logistics along the major highways.

      “This is to minimise road crashes and achieve zero fatalities during the period,” Mr Biu said.

      In case you missed it, here it is again.

      Several Nigerian states have banned commercial motorcycles, also known as Okadas, due to the high number of road accidents and criminal activities committed by some of them.

      This was done to ratchet up the state’s crackdown on commercial motorcyclists.

      On May 18, 2022, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced a total ban on commercial motorcycle operators in the state’s six local government areas.

      The governor listed the affected local governments as Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa.

      It was previously reported that the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had approved a total ban on the state’s additional four local governments beginning today, September 1.

      Kosofe (Ikosi-Isheri and Agboyi-Ketu LCDAs); Mushin (Odi-Olowo LCDA); Oshodi (Oshodi-Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs); and Shomolu (Oshodi-Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs) (Bariga LCDA).

      The governor’s directive appeared to be a follow-up to the February 2020 restriction on commercial motorcyclists’ activities in these areas.

      The state stated that impounded motorcycles will be crushed in public view. The state government also stated that it achieved 85% compliance in three days.

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