The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Umaru Manko, says 98 per cent of robbery incidents in the state are committed by okada riders.
Manko said this while receiving Toyota Hilux donated by Suru Charity Foundation at the state’s command on Wednesday.
The commissioner said, “If we give you the record of incidence of robberies in the state, 98 per cent are being committed by okada riders. 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.”
Manko also said nobody was above the traffic law, warning that anybody caught, including security operatives would be dealt with.
He said some policemen were arrested on Tuesday for riding on the expressway.
He said, “On my way to office yesterday, I saw some policemen on okada. 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.”
He commended the Suru Group for the donation and urged people to see the work of policing as everybody’s responsibility.
Chairman/Group Managing Director, Suru Group Limited, Edward Akinlade, said the donation was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
Akinlade said, “To enjoy security in the area we are, we need to assist the police. If we assist the police by way of providing logistics, it will go a long way in addressing crimes. Today, we repaired two vehicles and donated one to the area command.
“Vehicles are given to police every year but no budget for repairs. The government should ensure that there is enough recurrent votes to enable the force to repair its vehicles for consolidated performance.”
On restriction of motorcycles on the expressway, and bridges, he said the government should have put alternatives in place before enforcement.
“Anything we want to do, we should carry our people along and provide an alternative. Almost one million people are riding okadas in Lagos State. If you shut them down like that, it will have serious impact on crime,” Akinlade said.
He said Suru, in collaboration with Prolific Microfinance Bank Limited, would provide 100 tricycles that would operate in Ikeja GRA and its surroundings for ease of movement of residents.
He said the microfinance company would provide the funds and riders would be made to defray the cost of the tricycle in two years at the rate of N1, 000 per day, after which the tricycles bec