Lekki Phase 1 Residents Association Bars Okada on Streets

On inner streets and roads in the neighborhood, the Lekki Phase 1 Residents Association has outlawed commercial motorcycle operators, also known as Okada riders.

Yomi Idowu, Chairman of LERA, announced the ban on Thursday while speaking to journalists about security lapses in the area.

During the press conference, some Lekki Phase 1 residents demonstrated against Okada riders’ activity in the region, holding placards with varied messages.

Idowu urged the Lagos State Government to implement the law prohibiting Okada riders from operating within the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has banned Okada riders in Ikeja, Surulere, Eto-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa, effective June 1.

“We in Lekki Phase 1 cannot continue to put our people’s lives in danger.” As a result, we are taking preventive actions by prohibiting Okada riders from riding with immediate effect. “On our roadways and inner streets, we choose to live and say no to ‘Okada,” he remarked.

He also urged the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and the New Towns Development Authority to remove hoodlums and miscreants from the community’s unfinished buildings.

The shooting of a sound engineer, David Imoh, in Lekki, was described by Idowu as “dastardly, animalistic, and mindless.”

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He said, “Intelligence reports reaching us are that following the raid on Okada riders and subsequent seizure of their bikes in Lekki Phase 1 by officials of Lagos State Taskforce, the riders, who believe the action was instigated by Lekki residents, are planning to attack the residents.

“This is not the first time residents are been terrorised by motorcycle riders in Lekki Phase I. Indeed, Okada has been an environmental nuisance and many residents have had their fair share of sheer recklessness. It is an obvious fact that security within Lekki Phase I has deteriorated.

“It is imperative that we all take a collective stance and formulate joint initiatives to avert a total exposure to imminent security threats to the lives and assets of our residents.”

Member of Board of Trustee Chief Emeka Nweze said those who patronise the Okada riders are not homeowners, but rather domestic workers and people working on sites.

Chief Nweze called on the state government to ensure those who have undeveloped properties start working on them or have them confiscated.

“We cannot continue to harbour miscreants in those uncompleted buildings. It is dangerous to residents,” he said.

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