Monday, 22 October 2012
Okada Riders Protest Lagos state Government Ban on Commercial Motorcyclists
Commercial cyclists popularly known as okada on Monday marched through some major streets in Lagos, protesting the state government’s fresh clampdown and seizure of their bikes.
The protests were spread across the metropolis. Reports said the cyclists grounded vehicular movement in some parts of Lagos and attacked government-owned Bus Rapid Transit buses.
Many residents were forced to trek long distances on foot, as a result of the protests. The state government renewed its clampdown on the okada riders on Thursday, seizing many bikes.
Recently, the state government destroyed over 3,000 bikes, a move that was criticized in some quarters as a high-handed response to the challenge posed by the riders.