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Lekki Residents Bans Okada On Inner Streets Over Fear Of Attack



Residents of Lekki Phase I has banned commercial motorcycles otherwise known as Okada riders from operating on inner streets and roads in the area.

The Chairman of LERA, Mr Yomi Idowu, made this known while speaking to journalists about security breaches in the area on Thursday.

During the press briefing, some of the residents also protested against the activities of Okada riders in the area, displaying placards with different write-ups.

Idowu appealed to the Lagos State Government to enforce the law banning Okada riders in the state.

He hailed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for banning Okada riders in Ikeja, Surulere, Eto-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa, which will take effect from June 1.

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“We in Lekki Phase I cannot risk the lives of our people further. We are, therefore, taking proactive measures by banning activities of Okada riders with immediate effect. We choose to live and say no to ‘Okada’ on our roads and inner streets,” he said.

He also called on the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and the New Towns Development Authority to flush out hoodlums and miscreants in uncompleted buildings in the community.

Idowu described the killing of a sound engineer, David Imoh, in Lekki as “dastardly, animalistic and senseless”.

He said, “Intelligence reports reaching us are that following the raid on Okada riders and subsequent seizure of their bikes in Lekki Phase 1 by officials of Lagos State Taskforce, the riders, who believe the action was instigated by Lekki residents, are planning to attack the residents.

“This is not the first time residents are been terrorised by motorcycle riders in Lekki Phase I. Indeed, Okada has been an environmental nuisance and many residents have had their fair share of sheer recklessness. It is an obvious fact that security within Lekki Phase I has deteriorated.

“It is imperative that we all take a collective stance and formulate joint initiatives to avert a total exposure to imminent security threats to the lives and assets of our residents.”

Member of Board of Trustee Chief Emeka Nweze said those who patronise the Okada riders are not homeowners, but rather domestic workers and people working on sites.

Chief Nweze called on the state government to ensure those who have undeveloped properties start working on them or have them confiscated.
“We cannot continue to harbour miscreants in those uncompleted buildings. It is dangerous to residents,” he said.

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