Ogun police warn okada riders against mob mentality

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The Ogun State police command has warned commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada to desist forthwith from their unruly and disorderly conduct in the state.

This warning issued on Tuesday by the command through its spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, noted that this became necessary given the mayhem unleashed on residents and motorists travelling through Asero-Obantoko axis on the fateful day,simply because one of them had an accident with a truck.

The command noted that the okada riders had formed the habit of violently attacking any motorist, involved in an accident with any of their members, regardless of whether such motorist is at fault or not.

Oyeyemi said in most cases, “they will not only set such vehicle ablaze, they will also inflict serious injuries on the driver, the motor-boy, and other motorists, and in some cases, caused death of drivers.”

The police spokesman in the state added that in view of this, the Command would no longer tolerate such unruly behaviour, stating henceforth the leadership of any association or union whose members involved in any act of vandalism would be held responsible.

Oyeyemi argued that leadership of such okada unions should know their members and have control over them.

“The implication of this is that leaders of associations should be able to know their members and have control over them,” he added.

 “The recent incident is going to be the last time such barbaric attitude will be allowed in any part of the state as anyone found to be involved in such act will be dealt with in most decisive manner. Enough is enough!”

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