Commercial motorcycle riders a.k.a. okada riders today protested against the new traffic law enacted by the Lagos state government.
The okada riders took to the streets in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos to protest against the law banning their operations from 475 roads in Lagos state.
The protest started at Iyana Ipaja through Abule-Egba to Sango Ota old toll gate area of Ogun state.
Some of the protesters said the new traffic law was capable of sending them out of business.
An okada operator who said he plies Oshodi to Sango old toll gate area said the law will make him jobless and he does not want to join criminal gangs.
He pleaded that government should rescind the law.
Another okada rider claimed it was unnecessary to ban okada on some roads like Iyana-Ipaja to Agege, Acme or Wempco, describing the action as wicked.
Because of the protest, security was beefed up around Abule-Egba, Iyana-Ipaja and its environs.
Policemen from Abattoir Police Division were deployed to the affected areas to protect life and property.