by Hauwa Gambo
So now we’re blaming ‘okada’ riders for all the evil known to man, are we?
The Lagos commissioner of police, Umaru Manko, just in time to corrobate the testimony of the new war against commercial motorcyclists (‘okada’) in the state, has made the grand declaration that 98 per cent of robbery incidents in the state are committed by ‘okada’ riders.
“If we give you the record of incidence of robberies in the state, 98 per cent are being committed by okada riders,” he said on Wednesday while receiving vehicles donated by the Suru Charity Foundation. “They wait for people at the bank and other strategic places to rob them.
“I think the government of Lagos State is lenient with them. If I were to make law for okada riders, I will recommend that it should be banned completely. People should not read ethnic meanings to the new traffic laws. There is no tribe you cannot find among the riders.”
He made it clear that his force is ready to deal with anyone who flouts the law – including his own men.
“On my way to office yesterday, I saw some policemen on okada,” he revealed. “I ordered their arrest. Those policemen, apart from facing what the law says, will face disciplinary action.
“Nobody is above this law and nobody will be above it for the period I am going to serve here. We will continue to enforce the law until the governor says otherwise.”
Be afraid, Lagosians, be very afraid.