A group of commercial motorcycle operators in Lagos Monday dragged the Lagos State Government to court challenging the legality of the new traffic law in the state. Governor Babatunde Fashola had on Aug. 2 signed the Lagos State Road Traffic Bill into law.
The commercial motorcyclists, also known as Okada operators, – under the aegis of All Nigerians Autobike Commercial Owners and Workers Association, ANACOWA, – filed the suit before an Ikeja High Court in Lagos.
The suit was filed on their behalf by a Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu. The suit is yet to be assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for hearing.
The defendants in the suit are the Lagos State Government, the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr Ade Ipaye.
The claimants sought a declaration that “The Major Highways in Lagos listed in Items 1-11 and other parts of Schedule II of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law No. 4 of 2012 are Federal Roads within the meaning of the Federal Highways Act, cap F13, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.
They urged the court to declare section 3(1) of the law which prohibits the riding, driving or propelling of a cart, wheel barrow, motorcycle or tricycle on the Major Highways in Lagos, as unconstitutional.
The commercial motorcyclists further asked for a declaration that the defendants have no power whatsoever to make any law to regulate traffic on any of the Federal Roads.