Hausa community in Lagos backs Okada ban

*Fingers foreigners for criminal activities of riders

The Arewa community in Lagos State has voiced support for the ban on Okada operation in some parts of the State.

The Secretary-General of the Lagos State Arewa Community (LASACOMM), Alhaji Musa Saleh, noted in a statement that the ban is not new, therefore its members will comply with the directive.

The statement reads: “The restriction of kada operations in some local government areas in Lagos State is not a new law; it has been in existence for over 10 years. We resolved today unanimously that all our members must comply with the provisions of the laws of Lagos State.

“We are law abiding and we will continue to intimate our members to operate only within the ambits of the law. We support all measures taken by the Lagos State government towards protecting life and properties of Lagosians.

“We condemn the activities of all criminal elements, who are mostly foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and other neighbouring countries, who have infiltrated the ranks of those genuine riders and so perpetrate crime.

“We call on security agencies to identify and arrest those criminals masquerading as okada riders. We also urge the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to step up its actions on the borders in checking the influx of these foreign elements coming into the country without genuine intentions.

“We call on all well meaning Arewa Community members to comply with our common resolve and avoid Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Eti-Osa and Ikeja councils. We will work with the Lagos State government and the Association of Arewa Okada Riders towards the  implementation of extant rules and documentation of all riders in all the councils…”

– Media Report

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