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Nigerians condemn arrest of “Okada riders from the North” in Lagos



The Lagos State Government on Friday announced that it has “intercepted a truck laden with 48 motorcycles and 123 men coming from Jigawa State”.

“The truck was seized, following a tip-off by members of the public who raised security concern about the manner with which the occupants of the truck conducted themselves,” the state government said in a statement on Twitter.

The statement continued:

After the interception, the truck and its occupants were moved to the office of the Taskforce in Oshodi for interrogation.

One of the detained occupants, Shuaibu Haruna, said he left Jigawa State to work in Lagos with his motorcycle. He claimed to have a wife and a son, but said he needed to double his income to cater for his family.

Arrest of illegal mass movement of Okada riders to Lagos from the North jointly coordinated by the State Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello and his Transportation counterpart, Dr. Abimbola Oladehinde.

The statement also shared “confession” video of the “mastermind of the operation”.

Social media users have criticised the government for the action. See tweets below:

Photo Credit: @followlasg

1 Comment


    August 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The arrest and imprisonment of our fellow Nigerians without any cogent reason is unconstitutional and should be frowned upon by all. Lagos State Government and it’s representative has just committed a cardinal sin against Nigeria and her Constitution by usurping the rights of their fellow Nigerians based on their tribes and ethnicity. As Nigerians, we are all equal before the law and are free to live in any parts of the Country whenever we deemed so fit without any fear of prosecution and discrimination by any elected officials. Those aggrieved Nigerians should seek legal redress immediately. Now they know what to do. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.


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