The member representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Jude Idimogu has called on the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu to organise a special and coordinated raid on commercial motorcyclists, popularly referred to as Okada riders in the state in order to end their menace once and for all.
Idimogu, who stated this in a statement on Friday, was reacting to an incident that occurred on Thursday in Ajao Estate area of Lagos, in which a Chief Superintendent of Police, simply identified as Kazeem attached to the Operations Department of the State Police Command, was killed.
As it was gathered, Okada riders in the area went on a rampage around 11 am when men of the Lagos State Task Force stormed the area to raid a criminal hideout.
According to eyewitness accounts, trouble started when the policemen began to seize motorcycles from the riders, which didn’t go well with the motorcyclists. Some of the riders were alleged to have driven against traffic.
It was also gathered that after they had seized the motorcycles and put them in their mini trucks, the Okada riders went berserk. The situation degenerated when policemen began to shoot sporadically into the air to scare them away.
However, CSP Kazeem, who had gone to the scene to restore calm when he learned his men were having issues with the Okada riders, was said to have been attacked by some of the Okada riders and in the process lost his life.
Idimogu, who expressed sadness over the incident, said the atrocities being committed by Okada riders in the state, were becoming too many, thereby calling on the state government and the police to bring an end to the menace called Okada.
According to him, “It is very sad that the deceased policeman was killed in that manner. The Okada riders have become a great threat and danger to our society and we can’t continue to allow them to disobey the law of the land.
“The government has restricted them from certain areas but they have continued to disobey the government, now that the police are trying to enforce the restrictions, these Okada riders have chosen to attack the police.
“At this point, I am calling on our governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu to go to where these riders camp themselves in the night and raid all of them.
“They have where they gather in the night after closing of work and I believe that the government knows this, so the only way we can get rid of them is to raid all of them and deal with this menace once and for all.”
The lawmaker, who also commiserated with the family of the slain policeman, prayed that God would console them and grant the deceased eternal rest.