A total restriction was imposed on the movement of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as “Okada”, on the Ofosu and Ajebamidele axis of the Benin-Ore road in the local government area of Odigbo, in the state of Ondo.
A statement issued by the state government, through the information commissioner, Donald Ojogo, explained that the ban was important because of what he called the “disastrous activities” of Okada’s cyclists.
He claimed that his movement would be limited from now on in the city of Ore, while noting that the growing crime rate in the area was committed by people disguised as Okada knights.
The statement read, “Government has observed with serious concern, the activities of some unscrupulous elements who have hidden under the guise of engaging in the motorcycle business, popularly also known as Okada, to perpetrate a crime on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore Expressway.
“Disturbed by the activities of these criminal elements which include armed robbery, kidnapping, their mode of operations as well as the heightening cases of loss of lives, the Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) along the entire stretch of the route in question. This action is with immediate effect and shall suffice until further notice.
“By this development, all activities of commercial motorcyclists are henceforth, restricted to internal confines of Ore town and other communities in the area. Security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, are consequently directed to apprehend forthwith, anyone who flouts this restriction order.
“Government appeals to the general public to co-operate with security agencies in the enforcement of this action in order to stem the growing rate of criminal activities along the area.”