‘Okada riders’ protest, vandalise 10 BRT buses in LAGOS:

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AT least, 10 Bus Rapid Transport, BRT, vehicles were yesterday vandalized by protesting commercial motorcycle operators, popularly called Okada riders, at Onipanu, along Ikorodu Road. They were protesting the enforcement of the Lagos Road Traffic Law. Following the violent protest, the Lagos State House of Assembly expressed concern over increasing lawlessness of commercial operators in the state and threatened to outrightly ban their activities if they refused to conform. The violent protest which caused pandemnium and left many
commuters stranded at various bus stops on the busy road and adjoining ones may not be unconnected to the aggressive enforcement of the Traffic Law in accordance with the order of the state Commissioner of Police.

It also caused heavy traffic gridlock along Ikorodu Road and others.

It was learnt that the commissioner, worried by the flagrant disobedience to law, issued marching order to Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, in the state to mobolise their men for enforcement.

Vanguard gathered that several motorcycles were impounded in the process.

As a result, the entire Awolowo Road up to Secretariat, Aluasa, were deserted by the motorcycle operators.

The aggrieved Okada operators were said to have stormed the dedicated BRT Bus Stop as early as 9:00a.m, denouncing the enforcement of the law on 475 roads in the state, indiscriminate arrests and alleged extortion by men of the Nigeria police and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority. .

Governor Babatunde Fashola had on August 3 signed into law the new road traffic law.

The protesters were said to have pelted every BRT vehicle they came across at Onipanu with stones and other dangerous weapons without considering the safety of over 50 passengers onboard. According to one Mr. Emmanuel Abel, forced hundreds of passengers at the Bus Stop to scamper for safety.

Source: Endy Edeson ONLINE News Network
udenzeu at 07:18 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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Noted!
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zeigbo at 08:01 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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That good lagos state government wahala too much

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jabanz at 08:08 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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owk

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micc at 08:12 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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ok na
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micc at 08:14 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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Lagos is in trouble o
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denmal at 08:26 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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obey the law
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annastacie at 08:29 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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there will be serious trouble if okada is bound  though they have both negative and postive side but hunger will be too much for them because maybe okada is their source os lively hood
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dogodajiabuja at 08:47 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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@POSTER,
Learn to write an article!
what is ur thesis in this article?
u wrote, "They were protesting the enforcement of the Lagos Road Traffic Law"................what was the law and how does it affect okadas?
come make i teach u english!
u wan try Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
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aso4life1 at 09:18 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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Please give us "PICTURES"  ...THIS REPORT IS INCOMPLETE,

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kasy783 at 09:51 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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No one is above the law.
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Biafranwar at 09:53 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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Okada should be banned in lagos
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dizhadah at 10:14 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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report not clear Undecided Undecided
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jamesbondchick at 10:26 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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Fashola is in trouble oh!

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Princestevo at 10:32 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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naija which way naa
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chicco77 at 11:52 AM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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ok
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vicklove at 12:41 PM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin mr poster i de hail ooh
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cocoeni at 02:30 PM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes hmmmm
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Idbabe at 05:10 PM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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Aiit
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winace at 06:00 PM, 23/10/2012 (5 years ago)
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Fashola leave okada riders alone.
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